EngenderHealth | 2012
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In 2008, the Ad-din Hospital recognized that many women in Dhaka were failing to access emergency obstetric care and established a low-cost ambulance service. Using mobile phones and global positioning system (GPS) tracking, Ad-din manages a fleet of 66 ambulances stationed throughout the city. These ambulances serve women requiring transport for emergency obstetric care, as well as for nonemergency services such as transport home after discharge. Transportation to skilled maternity care provides women with the services they need to prevent obstetric fistula, which occurs when a woman is in labor too long or the delivery is obstructed and she has no access to a cesarean delivery. (French)