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Published on August 10th, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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Maternal Mortality Rates Quadruple In South Africa Since 1990

This article on IPS reveals new data about maternal mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, but the most startling numbers come from South Africa, a country that spends more on health than its neighboring areas.

“HIV is a big factor in maternal mortality in South Africa,” says Odhiambo, adding that improved reporting means deaths that might have gone unrecorded in the past have also been added to the total.

“But even with all that, the kind of negligence that is happening in our facilities… from what women were saying, substandard care is a big problem and that is an issue that we truly have to think about.”

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