How can we stop women bleeding to death in childbirth? WOMAN Trial panel event and Blood Clock launch
Please join us for this special event hosted by the WOMAN Trial and the School's MARCH Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health. The evening will address the leading single cause of maternal deaths around the world – severe bleeding after childbirth (postpartum haemorrhage). The event will include speakers, a panel discussion and the launch of the ‘Blood Clock’ art installation. Leading experts in maternal health from the UK, Pakistan and Nigeria will discuss this major health issue which kills around 100,000 women globally each year, meaning thousands of children grow up without a mother. Hear from members of the WOMAN Trial collaboration who found that a simple drug called tranexamic acid could reduce deaths from bleeding after childbirth by a third if given to women within three hours, and discuss what needs to happen next to ensure these findings save lives. Experts will also explore the medical, social and economic challenges resulting from postpartum haemorrhage and how tranexamic acid could improve the situation.
Speakers and panellists:
- Her Excellency Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa and ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives.
- Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, University of London, former RCOG & FIGO president
- Professor Joy Lawn, Director of MARCH Centre at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
- Haleema Shakur, WOMAN Trial Project Director and Principal Investigator, and co-Director of LSHTM Clinical Trials Unit
- Dr Ian Roberts, WOMAN Trial Chief Investigator and co-Director of LSHTM Clinical Trials Unit
- Professor Rizwana Chaudhri, WOMAN Trial Pakistan national coordinator - Rawalpindi Medical College
- Professor Bukola Fawole, WOMAN Trial Nigeria national coordinator - University of Ibadan
The evening will include a drinks reception to launch the Blood Clock, a symbolic piece of art created by consultant obstetrician Graham Tydeman.
This event follows a one-day symposium on the haematological management of obstetric bleeding, organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with the British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society.