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Bangladeshi doctor’s invention saving millions of mothers

  • Mohammad Al Amin
  • 17th September, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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Gynecologists across the world are now using a technique invented by a Bangladeshi doctor to prevent bleeding after childbirth, and eventually saving millions of mothers from postpartum haemorrhage.

Dr Sayeba Akhter, also the founder of MAMM’s Institute of Fistula and Women’s Health (MIFWOH), invented the technique now known as ‘Sayeba’s method’ in 2000 when she was the head of Gynecology and Obstetrics Department at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

This is a simple and cheap solution to prevent excessive bleeding following the birth of a baby.

The Saeyba’s method has been included in the national health guideline of different countries, including Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Indonesia and different countries in Africa.

Prof. Laila Arjumand Banu, president of Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh, said, “All the Gynecologists in Bangladesh use this technique to save new mothers from postpartum haemorrhage.”    

Describing the ‘Condom Catheter Tamponade technique’, Dr Sayeba Akhter said after witnessing the deaths of some women from excessive bleeding after childbirth, she for the first time thought of applying condom catheter through inserting balloons filled with water inside the uterus.

“And the method proved to be very effective to prevent postpartum haemorrhage,” she said, adding that the application of the method costs only Tk 100.  

Dr Sayeba, also a former Professor of Obstetrics and Gynae department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), said around 40 percent of all maternal deaths in Bangladesh used to be from postpartum haemorrhage, but the number has reduced significantly after the gynaecologists started using this innovative technique.

The method was officially named as ‘Sayeba’s method’ at the annual conference of Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) in 2002. The method was published in the Medscape Medical Journal in 2003 and was featured in as an article in the British Medical Journal Review. A research paper on Sayeba’s method was published in the International Gyne and Obs journal.  

The method was discussed and acclaimed in different international conferences and Dr Sayeba visited India, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa to train doctors on her method.   

Dr Saqlain Rasel, a vascular surgeon at Ibrahim Cardiac Medical College and Hospital (BIRDEM), who was interning as an assistant to Dr Sayeba in 2003-2004, said many doctors who are perusing FCPS and MS degrees at home and abroad are also doing theses projects on Sayeba’s method. He also said the authorities in Bangladesh should train the nurses and midwives on this method to help handle the cases of postpartum haemorrhage more effectively.


He also called upon the government to give appropriate recognition to Dr Sayeba Akhter for revolutionizing the prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage.