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|Health Topic||Maternal mortality|
Problem being addressed
Postpartum hemorrhaging is one of the most severe causes of maternal mortality. PPH (Postpartum hemorrhaging) rates in the developed worlds have severely decreased, but they are still a great threat in developing countries. The World Health Organization suggests that there are over 100,000 deaths due to postpartum hemorrhaging every year.
Detailed description of the solution
Kanga, a type of fabric made of cotton commonly used by African women, is rectangular (100cm × 155 cm) in shape. Two pieces of kanga (with a mentioned size) soaked in blood estimate the threshold for blood loss more than 500 ml. Hence, kanga can be used a measurement tool to estimate PPH .
- Designed and manufactured by:
Women from rural Africa, primarily Tanzania.
When and where it was tested/implemented
Other internally generated reports
Externally generated reports
Prata, N., G. Mbaruku, and M. Campbell, Using the kanga to measure postpartum blood loss. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2005. 89(1): p. 49-50.