Fall 2012 Newsletter

UCSF Safe Motherhood Program 

Fall 2012 Newsletter

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 Dear Friends,
Greetings from the Safe Motherhood team here at UCSF! We are eager to give you our latest updates including important publications, upcoming dissemmination efforts and future international conferences where we will be sharing the very latest on our studies of the Non-pneumatic anti-Shock Garment (NASG) in Zambia, Zimbabwe, India and Nigeria.Zambia midwife
We look forward to sharing the results of our research and its positive impact on mothers and families around the world!
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Suellen Miller
Safe Motherhood Program, UCSF

Save the Date! November 10, 2012
The Edge of Global Health & Development



Suellen Miller will present as part of the next independently organized TED event at UCSF’s Mission Bay Conference Center along with others in the UCSF community on the very latest developments in global health. We can’t wait to hear Suellen speak on global maternal health for what will surely be a sold out event. Join us for this very exciting conversation!


Tickets going fast -Get yours here!

More information here.


September 18th: Half the Sky Screening
at the San Francisco Public LIbrary

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Join us for a 40 minute screening of the maternal mortality portion of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Suellen Miller will be part of a panel discussion after the screening.

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:15pm at the San Francisco Public Library.


Event time: 5:45-8:00 pm, Koret Auditorium


Event Information & Film Preview  Here


Cluster Trial Ends Data Collection
Ndola Control Clinic TrainingOur cluster randomized control trial in Zambia and Zimbabwe officially closed data collection in August. We are eager to now move on to the next step of analyzing the data. We expect the official results to be public in early 2013. Check our trial status here for future posts on our findings.
The enthusiastic staff at all control clinics have now been trained to use the anti-shock garment and have this useful tool on hand for future use.
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Safe Motherhood Team Presents at the

XX Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) World Congress  in October

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Dr. Suellen Miller, Elizabeth Butrick and international collaborators will disseminate the very latest information on the NASG! There will be seven NASG presentations in the free communication sessions in addition to a panel presentation entitled The Role of Anti-Shock Garments in the Management of Hypovolemic Shock in Obstetric Hemorrhage. The panel presentation will report on different shock garments in Egypt, Nigeria, Nepal, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All presentations will take place throughout the day on Monday October 8th.


We look forward to seeing familiar faces at FIGO and in our sessions!

Click here for our handout detailing our presentations.



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October 27-31 in San Francisco

Moscone Convention Center

 Look for us at APHA presenting the following:

Monday Oct. 29th 12:30-1:30 – poster presentation by Sarah Ismail “A Comparative Study of the Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) on Women with Obstetric Hemorrhage At Risk for Eclampsia (ARE). PRSH Posters, section 3199, Board #10.

Tuesday Oct 30th 8:30-10:00 am –  panel presentation including Suellen Miller “Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment Reduces Maternal Mortality from Hypovolemic Shock Secondary to Obstetric Hemorrhage.” International Health Session #4046.0

Wednesday Oct 31st 11:00 am – abstract presentation by Janelle Downing “Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) for Obstetric hemorrhage: Cost Savings and Mortality Reductions for Women in Severe Shock.” Maternal & Child Health Session #5141.0



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We are thrilled that the NASG is now included in the GlobalLibrary of Women’s Medicine updated Postpartum Hemorrhage Guidelines! GLOWM provides important up-to-date medical tools for health professionals – always free with universal access.  These guidelines will soon be available on the Safer Motherhood GLOWM page and are being released in conjunction with the upcoming FIGO Congress this October. Click here to see the document, intended as a wall chart with pictures on the front and instructional text on the back.
About Us
The Safe Motherhood Program is part of the University of California San Francisco’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. Our goal is to prevent maternal deaths by promoting women’s health and human rights.
Quick Links

PPH Guidelines

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)’s Safe Motherhood & Newborn Health (SMNH) Committee has published its latest guidelines for PPH in the IJGO which includes the NASG as an important part of managing postpartum



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Read it Here:

Prevention and Treatment of Postpartum Hemorrhage in Low-Resource Settings


NASG in WHOPPH Guidelines

Read the Summary Here

The WHO’s newest guidelines for postpartum hemorrhage include the NASG (see slide 17) and will be released later this year.


In the New York Times: HIV Stigma Obstacle to Prenatal Care

The New York Times’ recent article on the stigma of HIV as a barrier to prenatal care in many countries references the recent study by Dr. Janet Turan and subsequent article co-authored by     Dr. Suellen Miller.


Read the research article here.

Read the NYT article here.