LAHORE (PR) - The National Committee for Maternal and Neonatal Health and its partner organisations have launched a project ‘Saving Women’s Lives with Misoprostol’. NCMNH is advocating for the inclusion of Misoprostol in the National Essential Medicines List of Pakistan. This will ensure its availability to women through public sector facilities, even in remote areas.

According to the 2006-07 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS), maternal mortality ratio in Pakistan is 276, per 100,000 live births, which is the highest in South Asia. Every 30 minutes a woman dies due to pregnancy and child birth-related causes.

However, a majority of these maternal deaths are preventable. Misoprostol is a life saving medicine. “I can’t imagine life without Misoprostol,” said Dr Azra Ahsan, a gynaecologist and obstetrician and a member of NCMNH. Misoprostol is effective in the prevention and treatment of excessive bleeding after childbirth. It can also be used for treating complications of abortion. It is registered in Pakistan, is affordable, available, easy to store and easy to use. Misoprostol is also included in WHO’S Model List of Essential Medicines. It is recommended for prevention and treatment of post-abortion complications and prevention of PPH in low resource settings.