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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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Maternal Deaths Focus Harsh Light on Uganda

Jennifer Anguko was slowly bleeding to death right in the maternity ward of a major public hospital. Only a lone midwife was on duty, the hospital later admitted, and no doctor examined her for 12 hours. An obstetrician who investigated the case said Ms. Anguko, the mother of three young children, had arrived in time to be saved .

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Chiefs: Secret weapon in maternal health fight?

 Patricia Zakaliya feared breaking the by-law set by her village head, Traditional Authority Kwataine and so she covered a journey of more than three kilometres on foot from her village to Madzanje Turn-off just to get a lift to Ntcheu District Hospital. This was a journey to give birth to her first child. In 2006, T/A Kwataine and other village heads put up 12 by-laws to encourage pregnant women to go for antenatal checkups and deliver their babies at the hospital. This was done to help reduce maternal deaths.


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Global reductions in newborn and maternal deaths remain low

While substantial progress has been made globally on aspects of child and maternal survival, including efforts to fight malnutrition and major diseases such as AIDS and malaria, the deaths of millions of children and mothers during childbirth have been largely overlooked, say two leading health researchers at the annual world congress of the International Health Economic Association in Toronto, Ontario (July 10–13)

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New Findings from HIV Prevention Trial

The results from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study were presented on July 18, 2011 and show that early initiation of antiretroviral treatment leads to a 96% reduction in HIV transmission. 

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