On 25–27th January 2020, the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of MGIMS conducted a three days’ closing program on the Management of Post-partum Hemorrhage (PPH) Emergency Care. Representatives from Govt of India, Govt of Maharashtra, ICMR, NHRSC, Harvard University, Bangladesh University and Principal Investigators of 11 participating centers from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh attended the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the barriers and facilitators to optimal use of the ESM-UBT device after three years of implementation.
MGIMS has taken an active role in reducing maternal mortality due to excessive bleeding during childbirth or postpartum hemorrhage. Each year approximately 2.8 million women lose their lives or become injured from pregnancy related causes worldwide. Since commercially available uterine balloon tamponade devices are expensive and often not available in low resource settings, MGIMS collaborated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University and introduced the award-winning innovation ESM-UBT in a project to curb maternal deaths. ESM-UBT - ‘Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies - Uterine Balloon Tamponade’ device - is an ultra-low-cost, easy to use, safe and highly cost-effective package designed to address the number one killer of pregnant women in the world. Over the past 10 years, the ESM-UBT device has been implemented in collaboration with in-country partners across more than 20 countries, including 76 facilities in India over last three years.
“We are very happy to inform that over the past three years we have worked closely with a remarkable group of senior obstetricians and maternal health champions from different medical colleges in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh on PPH management and prevention of its complications”, said Dr Poonam Verma (Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology , MGIMS). “The project was extremely successful and shows 52% reduction in composite outcome from PPH after intervention”, she informed.
Dr BS Garg lauded the exemplary contribution of Dr Thomas Burke (Chief, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Emergency Department, Harvard University) who personally funded the project and equipped the centers with his patent ESM-UBT device. “We have received tremendous responses from peripheral healthcare systems of the entire Wardha district. 309 maternal deaths due to PPH could be averted during this time. The Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra have started implementing the model in the healthcare system”, informed Dr Garg.
Dr NM Gangane (Dean, MGIMS) congratulated the MGIMS team and other maternal health champions for bringing about the significant reduction in the maternal mortality. “MGIMS is happy to contribute in the mission of making Wardha free of PPH deaths by the end of this year”, he added. “The project has been instrumental in building maternal emergency management system at our hospital”, equipped Dr SP Kalantri (Medical Superintendent, Kasturba Hospital).