Using the kanga to measure postpartum blood loss


In rural African settings, the colorful fabric kanga is locally-made and inexpensive; every woman owns dozens for use as skirts and shawls. The kanga has become useful as a simple solution for the complicated problem of measuring blood loss after delivery. This commentary describes remarkable results when traditional birth attendants in Tanzania use the kanga to identify postpartum hemorrhage.

Published in International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (2005) 89, 49—50

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N Prata
G Mbaruku
M Campbell
Publication date: 
July 27, 2005
Publication type: 
Journal Article