A Non-Governmental Generation initiative for women and youth network (GIWYN) said about 25%of pregnant women in Nigeria suffer from Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) which occurs after childbirth at the loss of more than 500ml blood flow within the first 24 hours
The NGO, rising from a workshop with the theme “ Using Advocacy Strategies to Improve National Guidelines/Policies that Support Healthy Markets for Misoprostol use for PPH management at the Community Health Delivery Channels” which was aimed towards a violence free society where women can enjoy social, political, culture, economic and reproductive health and reproductive rights, maintained dignity and protection.
GIWYN said the sickness might result in having severe blood flow which could be greater or equal to 1000ml that might result in the death of such patients after two hours if not controlled.
During the two days which was funded byPATH, different NGOs and community health workers from different states in the country such as Imo state, Lagos state, Edo states were in attendance, the representative of International facilitators Ayisha Diop, Dina Abba and Susan Davis expressed their gratitude for the impressive participation of all the people present in the workshop and gave a good recommendation to the organizer, the Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN) for their job well done by leading members of the organization of national coalition for reproductive justice (NCRJ) to produce three case studies in some states which produced tools and evidence of need to improve market for expanding access to misoprostol for the community health services delivery channels and the low level of people’s orientation about this drug.
The case study also shows how government policy is affecting the availability of the misoprostol and how to curb the challenges thatGovernment should also strengthen the advocacy of misoprostol to the rural area.
The facilitator Susan from Women Help Women was concerned about how accessible the drug could be for pregnant women in Nigeria, therefore the participants concluded on the support from the government to subsidize the drug to enable it to reach the needy and regulatory recommendation should also set out to help in safe guarding consumers and improve access to life saving misoprostol for all pregnant women during childbirth.
Government should ensure that the ministry of health provides the provision of timely, available, affordable and quality assured misoprostol and steps should be taken to quantify the amounts of misoprostol and adequate budget needed to ensure supply. In the workshop, the participants employed government and ministry of health to review the revolving fund, signatory process and ensure adequate fund and monitoring of the distribution to reach community women and service delivery channels (community health, workers, midwives and pharmacies).