Uterine Balloon Tamponade

Programs We Support Every second matters for mothers and babies - postpartum hemorrhage package with Uterine balloon Tamponade

By introducing and evaluating a postpartum hemorrhage package with ultra-low-cost uterine balloon tamponade embedded in underserved areas of Africa, the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at MGH is working to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity due to postpartum hemorrhage.

Challenge: Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the most common cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. More than 30 percent of all maternal deaths worldwide are attributable to PPH, accounting for approximately 130,000 deaths and 2.6 million disabled women every year. The vast majority of cases of PPH occur in low-and middle-income countries

Solution: The Division of Global Health and Human Rights has developed an effective Postpartum Hemorrhage Implementation Package with an ultra low-cost Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM-UBT) that can be assembled from components readily available in developing countries. To date, the ESM-UBT package has been deployed in 8 countries with hundreds of womens' lives saved. 

Medical Aid Films: How to use the uterine balloon tamponade

Uterine Condom Balloon

The MGH Division of Global Health and Human Rights has partnered with USAID, Gates, Norway, the UK, Canada KMET, PATH, UNICEF, Ministries of Health and others to train midwives, birth attendants, to use the condom balloon to stop postpartum hemorrhage, with the goal of making UBT an accessible intervention for uterine bleeding for every delivering mother in the world.

  To learn more about how the uterine balloon is saving lives, watch these short informational videos produced by True Story Media: