Health Check: Drug hope to prevent haemorrhage in new mothers


Researchers hope that a drug will help to save some of the 100,000 lives lost every year when women bleed to death after giving birth.

Heavy, uncontrolled bleeding after a baby is born is known as a post-partum haemorrhage. It can kill - unless it's treated quickly.

The WOMAN trial - coordinated at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine by Haleema Shakur - will look at whether an old drug called tranexamic acid could help to stop the bleeding.

15,000 women around the world will be recruited. At Ibadan's University College Hospital in Nigeria, Dr Bukola Fawole has already recruited 250 women into the trial, which if it proves successful, could help to save the lives of many women.

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