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South Africa: Redouble Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Burnett, Patrick
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=48393

Publisher:  IPS
Date Written:  10/09/2009
Year Published:  2009  
Resource Type:  Article

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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