In developing countries, postpartum hemorrhage and complications related to unsafe abortions are direct causes of maternal death. In Senegal, actions have been undertaken by the government to reduce this burden and significant advances have been made in these areas in recent years. However, progress is still necessary to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for the reduction of the maternal mortality rate to the target numbers by 2015. The objective of the study was to understand the knowledge about, availability of, and practices in the provision of misoprostol at pharmacies in Dakar, Senegal, to ensure correct delivery of the product. Pharmacists are the key intermediaries and thus it is imperative that they be involved in the national implementation plans for the availability, safe delivery, and scaling up of the product throughout the country.
Ndao, Ramatoulaye, Babacar Mane, Eva Burke, Nafissatou Diop, Kate Reiss, Thoai Ngo, Katharine Footman, and Maaike Van Min. 2014. "Knowledge and provision practices of misoprostol among pharmacies in Senegal," STEP UP Research Report. Dakar: Marie Stopes International and Population Council.
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