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Byline: Mavis Otinkorang
In Ghana, maternal deaths occur at a rate of 350 per 100,000 live births and approximately 24% of these deaths are due to hemorrhage. Many of the maternal deaths occur at homes where women do not have access to life-saving medicines.
As part of its safe motherhood strategy, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) with support from Ventures Strategy Innovation (VSI), a non-governmental organization, in the mid 2009 initiated a pilot project to distribute misoprostol to pregnant mothers who visited a health facility for Antenatal Care (ANC).
The initiative, with the approval from the World Health Organisation and complemented by a community …