Preventing postpartum hemorrhage: Why quality improvement matters
The failure of many health services worldwide to deliver evidence-based prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) where and when women need care is a major quality problem for maternal health. This HCI short report describes how quality improvement approaches can accelerate scale-up of a high-impact intervention to reduce PPH--active management of the third stage of labor. The report describes how quality improvement efforts in Niger and Ecuador led to remarkable gains in national coverage of this life-saving intervention.
The report is also available in French and Spanish.