Tag: Maternal Mortality

Reducing Maternal Mortality with MDSR

MDSR is not used enough in sub-Saharan Africa; more maternal deaths can be prevented.

Getting to the Last Mile – diagonal approach and pathways for improving maternal and child health outcomes in South Africa

South Africa is committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for maternal and child health. Over the last few years, the country has made tremendous progress in improving the health outcomes for women and children across the country. However, the country still faces various challenges in reaching the targets as outlined in the Government plans as well as the MDGs. Using a diagonal approach, a strategy in which we use explicit intervention priorities to drive the required improvements into the health system, dealing with such generic issues as human resource development, financing, facility planning, drug supply, rational prescription, and quality assurance, will be important to reach the goals set.

Maternal mortality and morbidity – still not right

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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