New NIH Study: Single dose Antibiotic Prevents Maternal Sepsis and Death

In a study including more than 29,000 women from Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Pakistan and Zambia, the NIH found that a single oral dose of the antibiotic azithromycin can reduce postpartum sepsis and death for women who deliver vaginally by one-third. Sepsis is the leading cause of maternal and newborn deaths across the globe. These results suggest a promising approach to reduce maternal mortality in low and middle income countries.