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August 11, 2009

Maternal death rate five times higher in women with HIV, South African audit shows

"Maternal mortality ratios in Johannesburg, South Africa in HIV-infected women are more than six times higher than in HIV-negative women despite integration of antiretroviral treatment into prenatal services, reported Vivian Black and colleagues in a five-year audit published in the August 2009 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ...

The global maternal mortality ratio of 400 per 100,000 live births as estimated by the World Health Organization does not reveal the considerable regional variations.

In 2005, South Africa—a middle income country—had a ratio close to the global average but considerably higher than countries of similar gross domestic product per person, for example, Portugal and Brazil which had a ratio of 11 and 110 respectively. "

Read more in Aidsmap, August 10, 2009.