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The evidence-based management of Postpartum Haemorrhage

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The Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI) aims to bring together world experts to resolve priority maternal and perinatal health problems. OMPHI engages medical researchers, social scientists and health management experts in major issues affecting the health of mothers and newborn babies, particularly in resource-poor settings.
OMPHI has coordinated four large studies funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, EngenderHealth and the Maternal Health Task Force. It has built a network of over 100 researchers across a wide range of countries.


The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) is a non-profit organisation established in 2002. It is supported by the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Department of Social Affairs of the City of Geneva and other Swiss and international institutions. The Foundation works in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). GFMER is a WHO Collaborating Centre in Education and Research in Human Reproduction. The overall objectives of the Foundation are to furnish health education and research programmes that can be accessed by developing countries and countries in economic transition, and to establish collaboration between entities from the public and private sectors.

OMPHI/GFMER joint initiatives

In 2010, OMPHI and GFMER started working together to produce e-learning material in the field of maternal and perinatal health. Their first success was the development and implementation of an online training course entitled “The evidence-based management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia - University of Oxford” and its Spanish version, “La evidencia basada en el manejo de la preeclampsia y eclampsia - Universidad de Oxford”. The development of this course was funded by the MacArthur Foundation through EngenderHealth. Group training sessions, based on the online course, have been held in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, Mexico and Nigeria.
Feedback from health professionals participating in the OMPHI/GFMER course on pre-eclampsia and eclampsia showed a high demand for a similar course on post-partum haemorrhage, which causes a large number of maternal deaths worldwide. OMPHI/GFMER have developed an online training course entitled “The evidence-based management of post-partum haemorrhage”. Professor José Villar, University of Oxford, led the advisory board responsible for the course structure and content, which was adapted from the guidelines of WHO and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists by Dr Raqibat Idris, GFMER; Dr Marloes Schoonheim, GFMER, edited the course. It was reviewed by a team of specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Drs Friday Okonofua, Dimitrios Siassakos and Edwin Chandraharan) led by Dr Aris Papageorghiou who also contributed to the course content. eXact learning solutions developed the e-learning format. The course has been sponsored by the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health and the funding has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A Feedback on the course has been performed, as well as a knowledge assessment test (see The evidence-based management of Postpartum Haemorrhage - Knowledge assessment test).

The time to complete the course and knowledge assessment is on average three hours.

The module is downloadable for offline usage from http://www.gfmer.ch/omphi/pph/pph.zip (Instructions to download and launch the evidence-based management of postpartum haemorrhage module). A PDF version is also available: http://www.gfmer.ch/omphi/pph/pdf/pph.pdf.

The Russian version of the course Основанная на доказательствах тактика ведения при послеродовых кровотечениях was adapted by Dr Valentina Rumyantseva with the support of the Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation.

A Spanish version by Dr Atziri Ramirez-Negrin and Dr. Joaquín Ruiz Sánchez, reviewed by Dr Sunera Sadacali, is also available: El manejo basado en la evidencia de la Hemorragia Postparto.

Training courses on The evidence-based management of Postpartum Haemorrhage have been held in the following Countries:

A total of 2729 health professionals from 115 countries took the assessment test.