Postpartum hemorrage is the most common cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in developing countries. 98% (160/163) of women survived uncontrolled PPH if delivery occurred at an ESM-UBT online facility.
On January 11, KMET hosted a Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) Stakeholders Meeting at the Jumuia Conference Center in Kisumu. Many providers attended the meeting to voice their opinions and experiences with UBT at their facilities, including birth attendants from Garissa, Turkana and Siaya County. Key stakeholders from Massachusetts General Hospital and UNICEF also attended the conference to describe their plans to increase the scale and implementation of UBT. The overarching goal of the meeting was to identify key action plans to better integrate UBT into the community. Discussion topics included access and availability, rewarding and incentivizing providers, awareness, and advocacy of UBT at both the community and national level.
The meeting stressed the importance of advocating UBT and UBT training at every medical facility throughout Kenya, especially those with the power to actualize policy change in Kenya. Data from Massachusetts General Hospital, A postpartum haemorrhage package with condom uterine balloon tamponade: a prospective milti-centre case series in Kenya, Sierre Leone, Senegal and Nepal, has shown that many lives have been saved and many more can be, because of UBTs. Significantly decreasing maternal mortality from postpartum hemorrhage is possible, and it is imperative that every mother, regardless of ability to pay, can receive a UBT when needed.
UBT distribution and research is ongoing and the results are promising and inspiring.