South Africa: Redouble Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Burnett, Patrick
Date Written:  2009-09-10
Publisher:  IPS
Year Published:  2009
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX9553

Maternal health has been under the spotlight in South Africa after an analysis of maternal deaths was released in July showing an increase in the country's maternal mortality rate. Researchers found that nearly four out of every 10 deaths (38.4 percent) were avoidable. They identified non-attendance and delayed attendance as common problems, together with poor transport facilities, lack of health care facilities and lack of appropriately trained staff.

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