Project Lead(s): Zoe Sekyonda
Post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) is a leading cause of maternal mortality in low- and middle-income countries. The Maternal PPH Wrap is a user-friendly and affordable medical device to control PPH before professional intervention is available. The device can be used to administer external aortic compression, by application of a radial force on the descending aorta. This results in a compression force on the uterus, ultimately forcing it to fall back to a position that reduces the volume of blood flow to the uterus, managing PPH. This innovation is being implemented in Uganda, where many women give birth at home or clinic with the assistance of a family member or traditional birth attendant. In the event of PPH, the Maternal PPH Wrap can help control PPH while the mother is transferred to a hospital for medical intervention.