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09 July 2013

SA maternal mortality almost doubles

South Africa is an upper middle-income country that is achieving low-income country success when it comes to maternal health.

In February this year four-year old Charlotte Mmowa instituted a negligence claim against the Limpopo department of health with the help of a curator. Charlotte’s mother, Matlou Mmowa, died just hours after giving birth to Charlotte in St Rita’s Hospital, Limpopo. She died after failure to remove the placenta, which caused excessive bleeding. It is alleged that this was due to the negligence of the health workers involved.

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