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Medical equipment data
Health topic Maternal mortality
Health classification Diagnosis
Project data
Location Tanzania
Status Commercialized
Made? No
Replicated? No
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Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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 [3].

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed and manufactured by:

Women from rural Africa, primarily Tanzania.

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

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Peer-reviewed publication[edit | edit source]

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Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

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.

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Page data
Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
Type Medical equipment, Project
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG03 Good health and well-being
Authors Tessa Adzemovic
Published 2012
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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