Her Life Matters: Virtual Film Screening
The debut screening of a new documentary on post-partum haemorrhage, Her Life Matters asks why tens of thousands of mothers bleed to death needlessly worldwide every year – lives that could be saved by a single injection of an inexpensive generic drug called tranexamic acid.
Led by the Clinical Trials Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), The Woman Trial showed that the timely treatment of tranexamic acid after childbirth cuts bleeding deaths by one third. So why aren’t women getting it? Why is this lifesaving medicine primarily used as a cosmetic for skin lightening? From the discovery of tranexamic acid in Japan almost 60 years ago to healthcare workers desperately trying to get it onto the floors of maternity wards today, Her Life Matters is a new documentary that explores how post-partum haemorrhage unnecessarily kills tens of thousands of women every year worldwide – and how tranexamic acid can stop it.
Her Life Matters is a powerful call to action, showcasing the work of individuals around the world trying to save as many lives as possible with this cheap, generic drug. Available exclusively for 24 hours starting on 23 June 2021, this free global virtual screening will conclude with an exclusive discussion with researchers from LSHTM, Nigeria, and Pakistan, alongside the film director from Chocolate Films.
- Rizwana Chaudhri, Professor and Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Head of Translational Research Department, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University; Executive Member, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan
- Folasade A. Bello, Associate Professor and Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan; Member, Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria
- Oladapo Olayemi, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Director, National Institute for Maternal and Child Health University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Chairman, National Steering Committee for Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response; Member, Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria
- Rachel Wang, Director Chocolate Films, Social Entrepreneur
- Haleema Shakur-Still, Professor of Global Health Clinical Trials, Co-Director of LSHTM Clinical Trials Unit
- Ian Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology, Co-Director of LSHTM Clinical Trials Unit