n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Editorial




Obstetric haemorrhage is a major direct cause of maternal deaths in South Africa and the rest of the African Continent. Moreover, postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), the major component of obstetric haemorrhage, is increasing in other parts of the world due to increasing rates of PPH associated with caesarean sections. In South Africa, the latest Saving Mothers Report (2005-2007) indicates that there has not been a decline in deaths from obstetric haemorrhage since the first comprehensive report (Table 1).


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