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Quaiyum Blood Mat

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Health Topic Maternal mortality
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Clinical trial
Location Asia


Problem being addressed[edit]

In many low-income countries such as Bangladesh, the majority of deliveries are performed at home by a traditional birth attendant (TBA). These TBAs may or may not be properly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of post-partum hemorrhage (PPH), which is frequently the leading cause of maternal death.

Detailed description of the solution[edit]

The Quaiyum Blood Mat is an absorbent mat to be placed under a woman during delivery that can absorb up to 500mL of blood. Blood travels across the mat at a constant velocity, allowing the TBA to visually evaluate blood loss. When the mat is saturated at 500mL, it will start to leak, which signals PPH.

Designed by[edit]

  • Designed by: Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Quaiyum, Chairman of the Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Dhaka in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Manufacturer location: The device was developed at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).

Funding Source[edit]

Dr. Quaiyum is affiliated with the ICDDR,B in Bangladesh and received a grant from the Gates Grand Challenges competition in 2010.


Peer-reviewed publication[edit]

Prata, N., Quaiyum, M. A., Passano, P., Bell, S., Bohl, D. D., Hossain, S., Begum, M. et al(2012). Training traditional birth attendants to use misoprostol and an absorbent delivery mat in home births. Social Science & Medicine.

Other internally generated reports[edit]

Judd, G. (2013). UN secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits icddr,b. Link available here.

VSI. (2011). Scaling up of Misoprostol for Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage in 29 Upazilas of Bangladesh. PDF available here.

Externally generated reports[edit]

Maternova. (2013, January 11). (Quaiyum) Blood Mat. Link available here.

IP and copyright[edit]

Approval by regulatory bodies or standards boards[edit]