In South Africa, a neonatal care initiative saves lives
It’s a sad fact that 83 per cent of children in Limpopo province live in poverty. So you’d assume that Malamulele District Hospital probably performs poorly – especially since most of South Africa’s infant mortality rates are linked to district hospitals.
But you would be mistaken. This hospital, despite its humble status, is a beacon of hope in the province. It has seen a 30 percent reduction in deaths since 2006 and its neonatal unit has reduced the number of exposed infants who test positive for HIV at six weeks of age. It was around 13 percent in 2007. By 2010, it had dropped to around six percent.
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