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WHO Recommendations on Prevention and Treatment of Postpartum Haemorrhage: Highlights and Key Messages from New 2012 Global Recommendations

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(Published January, 2013)
Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) (Author),
World Health Organization (WHO) (Author),
USAID (Author)
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In March 2012, the WHO held a Technical Consultation on the Prevention and Treatment of Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH) to review current evidence and to update previously published PPH guidelines. The new guidelines combine previous documents to address both prevention and treatment—recognizing the importance of integrated care. This brief summarizes key messages from the new WHO guidelines, with a focus on highlighting changes and recommended best practices.    It is intended to assist policymakers, programme managers, educators, providers and all involved in assisting women to give birth to ensure increased efforts to prevent and manage PPH. All activities for the prevention of PPH should take place within a comprehensive package of interventions to prevent and manage PPH, along the household-to-hospital continuum of care. (Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish).

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