Reducing direct causes of maternal death

Robert C Pattinson


There are three conditions responsible for almost two-thirds of potentially avoidable maternal deaths in South Africa: non-pregnancy-related infections (most HIV-related), obstetric haemorrhage, and complications of hypertension in pregnancy. There has been a significant reduction in maternal deaths due to non-pregnancy related infections, but not in the other key conditions. The author looks at ways in which the number of maternal and perinatal deaths can be reduced further.

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Robert C Pattinson, Editor

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Maternal mortality; Emergency obstetric care; Emergency care signal functions; Direct maternal deaths

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South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2013;19(3):59-60. DOI:10.7196/sajog.772

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-08-28
Date published: 2013-09-03

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