Journal Article

Differences in life‐saving obstetric hemorrhage treatments for women with abortion versus nonabortion etiologies in Tanzania

Complications from unsafe abortion are among the major causes of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality, which may be compounded by delays and disparities in treatment. We conducted a secondary analysis of women with symptoms of hypovolemic shock secondary to severe obstetric hemorrhage in Tanzania. We compared receipt of three lifesaving interventions among women with abortions versus other maternal hemorrhage etiologies. Interventions included: non‐pneumatic anti‐shock garment (NASG) (N = 393), blood transfusion (N = 249), and referral to a higher‐capacity facility (N = 131). After controlling for severity of disease and other confounders, women with abortion‐related hemorrhage and shock had 78 percent decreased odds of receiving NASG (p < 0.001) and 77 percent decreased odds of receiving a blood transfusion (p < 0.001) compared to women with hemorrhage and shock from other etiologies. Our findings suggest that, in Tanzania, women with abortion‐related hemorrhage received lower quality of care than women with other hemorrhage etiologies.

Published in a peer-reviewed journal of the Population Council.