In the local Chichewa language a woman who is pregnant is "pakati," literally "between life and death."
In a country the size of Pennsylvania a staggering 6,000 mothers lose their lives annually due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy is an uncertain, often frightening time in a country that experiences one of the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world. During our program, VSI worked with partners to change this.
In 2010, Malawi achieved registration of misoprostol for postpartum hemorrage and treatment of incomplete abortion and miscarriage. This is a significant step that brings a needed, quality medicine closer to women and addresses the leading causes of preventable deaths in Malawi. VSI worked with local NGO partners and the Ministry of Health to integrate misoprostol into existing safe motherhood programs.
By the Numbers
Estimated Total Population
Lifetime Risk of Maternal Death
1 woman in 36
Maternal Mortality Ratio
510 per 100,000 live-births
Total Fertility Rate
Births Attended by Skilled Health Provider
Unmet Need for Family Planning
Source: PRB, 2011 and WHO, 2010
Registered Misoprostol Product(s): Misoprost®, Isovent®