The condom hydrostatic tamponade or condom balloon tamponade can help save a woman's life if she is bleeding severely after childbirth. While various kinds of sophisticated tamponade devices exist to internally suppress bleeding of the uterus after childbirth, doctors in Bangladesh used easily available supplies like a condom and catheter to create an ingenious and inexpensive - alternative. Health workers in low-resource settings can easily construct this device in their own clinics. For more information, see the published article on this device: Akhter S, Begum M, and Kabir J.
In 2006 Abt Associates did a study of the [economic assessment of interventions for reducing postpartum hemorrhage](http://www.abtassociates.com/reports/EconReducPPHDevCo.pdf). The study found that" At $1 per DALY averted, the balloon tamponade has the lowest cost-effectiveness ratio among the interventions. Few interventions can match such a low cost per DALY averted. Likewise, an investment of $1 in the balloon tamponade will produce a return of $1,600 in terms of DALYs averted and averted productivity loss." To clarify, a low cost-effectiveness ration is actually a positive indicator.. very low cost for very high effectiveness!