Slowing Down a Solution

9 years in the making, a drug trial offers a promising solution to the single biggest cause of maternal death: excessive bleeding.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researchers found that tranexamic acid—commonly used in surgery—prevented a third of postpartum hemorrhaging deaths.

The trial was hailed; tranexamic acid made the WHO’s Essential Medicines List. And in Pakistan, it’s now free at public hospitals.

So why isn’t it ubiquitous in Nigeria, another participating country?  

The Nigerian government hasn’t ensured that supplies last post-trial. Some hospitals are not aware aware of the drug, and weak price regulations make the drug unaffordable, curbing its lifesaving potential.  


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