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Tranexamic acid can reduce maternal deaths 'by a third'

Heavy bleeding after giving birth is the leading cause of maternal

deaths worldwide, killing more than 100,000 women each year. Around six percent of women suffer from postpartum hemorrhaging (PPH) - uncontrollable bleeding after giving birth. In many cases, the lack of access to basic healthcare and medication is the difference between life and death. But there is new evidence that a low-cost drug could save a third of those lives. A trial involving 20,000 women in 193 hospitals across 21 countries - mainly in Africa and Asia - found that a widely available drug called tranexamic acid (TXA) could help save lives. Within three hours of birth, women diagnosed with PPH were either given TXA or a placebo intravenously.