Simple Drug May Save Thousands of Bleeding Mothers

Roughly every six minutes, a woman somewhere in the world bleeds to death in child birth. But a new medical trial shows that there is a way of combating this global problem which is prevalent in Nigeria and Ethiopia.


Survivor of postpartum haemorrhage in Nigeria holds her child. The WOMAN trial has found that a simple drug called tranexamic acid, a blood clot stabiliser first discovered in Japan in the 1950s, could cut deaths from bleeding by a third if given to women within three hours.

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