oa South African Medical Journal - Maternal health : there is cause for optimism - : editorial

Volume 103, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Maternal health is a major health priority for international agencies, the African Union, and the South African Government. In 2000, all United Nations (UN) member states agreed to substantial improvements in maternal health, defined by Millenium Development Goal 5 (MDG5), which includes the specific target of reducing maternal mortality by 75% between 1990 and 2015. While many countries are making progress, maternal mortality in South Africa (SA) has significantly increased during this time. Data from the 2007 Community Survey suggest that maternal mortality in SA, rather than showing evidence of reduction, may have quadrupled from 1998 to 2007. The SA National Committee for Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths (NCCEMD) reports, which analyse institutional maternal mortality, have shown an increase in maternal deaths, from the first report in 1998 to the latest triennial report covering the years 2008-2010.

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