New agreement will save mothers’ lives worldwide

The UCSF Bixby Center and partners have reached new agreement to reduce the cost of a tool that helps save women’s lives during childbirth. The agreement reduces the cost per use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment known as Lifewrap™, which has been shown to safely and effectively reduce deaths due to postpartum hemorrhage. Under the agreement, the cost per use of Lifewrap™ will be reduced from $1.30 to below $0.30 for public sector purchasers in 51 countries.

The agreement represents a partnership between the Bixby Center’s Safe Motherhood Program and the

  • UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc.
  • Blue Fuzion Group, which supplies the product

Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide. The Lifewrap™ can be applied by anyone after a short, simple training and has been used to help over 9,000 women in 20 countries to date.