Postpartum Hemorrhage: Prevention and Management Toolkit

To assist country programs, donors and governments to develop comprehensive and innovative programs to address public health priorities—such as hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide—this program guidance document outlines key steps, identifies available resources, and highlights lessons learned from current projects.

This Postpartum Hemorrhage: Prevention and Management toolkit was developed by the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) as a resource of current evidence, materials and experiences from around the world. It reflects contributions from many donors, agencies, associations, academic institutions and organizations which have identified postpartum hemorrhage as a priority—and contribute in different ways to addressing it. It links to the existing POPPHI postpartum hemorrhage toolkit which houses numerous resources, articles and materials.

The purpose of this and other MCHIP toolkits is to collect and package resources that are useful to country programs for developing, implementing, monitoring and scaling up maternal health related interventions at various levels. MCHIP has created a number of useful resources for this toolkit including a PPH program implementation guide.

In 2013, a new section focused on advance distribution of misoprostol for PPH prevention has been created in this toolkit. Because of a broadening interest in reducing postpartum hemorrhage-related mortality and morbidity, it is expected that this toolkit will grow significantly in the coming years as country-level programs design, implement and evaluate PPH-related interventions.

Useful Websites, Online Courses and Resources

The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and strongly encourages opportunities for integration. Cross-cutting technical areas include water, sanitation, hygiene, urban health and health systems strengthening. Visit for more information.



Toolkit last updated: January 07, 2015