Cost-effectiveness of misoprostol to control postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings

S. E.K. Bradley, N. Prata, N. Young-Lin, D. M. Bishai

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Objective: To test the cost-effectiveness of training traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to recognize postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and administer a rectal dose of misoprostol in areas with low access to modern delivery facilities. Method: A cost-effectiveness analysis, modeling two hypothetical cohorts of 10,000 women each giving birth with TBAs: one under standard treatment (TBA referral to hospital after blood loss ≥ 500 ml), and one attended by TBAs trained to recognize PPH and to administer 1000 μg of misoprostol at blood loss ≥ 500 ml. Result: The misoprostol strategy could prevent 1647 cases of severe PPH (range: 810-2920) and save $115,335 in costs of referral, IV therapy and transfusions (range: $13,991-$1,563,593) per 10,000 births. By preventing severe disease and saving money, it dominates the standard approach. Conclusion: Training TBAs to administer misoprostol to treat PPH has the potential to both save money and improve the health of mothers in low-resource settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-56
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Maternal morbidity
  • Postpartum hemorrhage, misoprostol
  • Traditional birth attendants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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