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Each day, nearly 800 women die from pregnancy related complications worldwide. Currently 27% of maternal deaths are a result of severe bleeding during labour. Among the causes responsible for 75% of deaths highlighted by the World Health Organization, haemorrhage at birth is ranked second. Pre-existing medical conditions aggravated by pregnancy such as diabetes, malaria, HIV, obesity are first on the list.

In Africa haemorrhage during pregnancy kills 34% of mothers and although maternal mortality rates have dropped by 50% between 1990 and 2013 in sub-Saharan Africa, more work can be done to further reduce the number of mothers dying.