The stock of essential medicines is nearly depleted

Bedside table with drawer open, showing only a few pills inside.

After Hajara Mohammed successfully delivered twins in Nigeria, the government-supported health facility where she gave birth was nearly depleted of its medicines to prevent and treat postpartum hemorrhage. All that remains is a small supply of misoprostol—which can deteriorate when exposed to heat and humidity—stored in a bedside table in the delivery room. Photo: PATH/Evelyn Hockstein.

Published September 20, 2012
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