New childbirth drug could save thousands of lives

Maternal mortality rates in developing countries with hot climates could tumble if trial of resilient new medicine proves successful.  The clinical trial of a new drug to prevent excessive bleeding in women after childbirth is to be conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO).  This could potentially save thousands of lives annually, and will begin in 12 countries in June.  According to the WHO, postpartum haemorrhage is the leading cause of death during childbirth, killing about 130,000 women worldwide each year.



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