Maternal death (death during pregnancy or less than 42 days after the end of a pregnancy) is the outcome measure that causes serious concern to public health authorities and maternity care clinicians. No health outcome shows such large discrepancies between rich and poor nations. The burden of maternal mortality and morbidity remains unacceptably high in South Africa. MDG 5a – the reduction of maternal mortality by 75% from 1990 to 2015 – will most likely not be achieved in South Africa. However, some reduction in the maternal mortality rate can be expected if the HIV and AIDS treatment rollout and the ten key recommendations can be properly implemented.
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