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July 19, 2009

South Africa: Huge Surge in Maternal Deaths

"There has been a 20 percent increase in maternal deaths between 2005 and 2007, when compared to the previous three-year period, with HIV/AIDS accounting for over 40 percent of the deaths (43.7%).

"Almost four (38.4%) out of every 10 deaths were "clearly avoidable within the health care system", according to researchers, which means they could have been prevented with proper care."

Read more in, July 18, 2009.