Knowledge, acceptability, and use of misoprostol for preventing postpartum hemorrhage following home births in rural Ethiopia

Gebre, Betemariam, Taddese, Zinaw, Deribe, Kebede, Legesse, Tsigereda, Omar, Meftuh and Biadgilign, Sibhatu (2016) Knowledge, acceptability, and use of misoprostol for preventing postpartum hemorrhage following home births in rural Ethiopia. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 134 (1). pp. 79-82. ISSN 0020-7292

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Abstract

Objective: To assess knowledge of, and intentions to use misoprostol to preventing postpartum hemorrhage by women in a pastoralist community of the Somali Region of Ethiopia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study enrolled women aged 15–49 years living in Adadle district, Ethiopia, between April 26 and May 3, 2012. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data on participants’ knowledge of misoprostol and if they had any intention to use it in the future. Participants also detailed their preferred healthcare provider for administering misoprostol.

Results: A total of 829 women were enrolled in the study. Among the participants, 42 (5.1%) had knowledge of misoprostol and 302 (36.4%) described themselves as being willing to use misoprostol in the future. Among respondents who were willing to use misoprostol in the future, traditional birth attendants were the preferred healthcare practitioners to administer it.

Conclusion: Awareness of misoprostol was low in the study sample but willingness to use the drug was somewhat higher. Raising awareness and knowledge among communities and traditional birth attendants regarding the advantages of misoprostol is crucial to enhance uptake and reduce the incidence of postpartum hemorrhage.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Global Political Economy
Depositing User: Rose McLafferty
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 12:32
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 17:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67035
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