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This is what it’s like to give birth in the world’s most dangerous country for moms

When a river and several hours of dirt roads stand between you & the nearest hospital, giving birth can be deadly. One nurse is hoping to change that.

This president is putting his money where is mouth is when it comes to an NHI

Mali joins the ranks of countries such as Sierra Leone, South Africa & Burkina Faso to provide free healthcare to moms and tots.

This is putting SA’s women in the grave, so what’s health department doing about it?

Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.

Only half of clinics and hospitals in this country meet basic hygiene standards

What if your doctor couldn’t even wash her hands before examining you?

‘HIV testing was compulsory. If you didn’t test, they wouldn’t treat you’

The struggle to survive pregnancy and death in a land of plenty and poverty hasn’t changed much in the past five years — there are lives to prove it.

A changing birth: What’s behind SA’s skyrocketing c-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?

Thousands of babies die each year in SA. This could help save them.

A week. That's how long most newborns who die will make it in South Africa. But there may be hope yet for the country's tiniest patients

Old birth rites, new ways

When bringing a new life into the world risks taking another, even old traditions have to adopt new ways.

Giving birth has become less dangerous in South Africa

But will the country be able to half its maternal mortality ratio by 2030 - in time to achieve its sustainable development goal?

Midwives’ care during childbirth drastically improves outcomes for labouring mothers

Competent, compassionate care during labour and delivery is good for the dignity of mothers-to-be – and for their chance of survival.

Laws fail victims of forced, early marriage in “chauvinistic” Burkina Faso – Amnesty

Girls who are forced into early marriage are abused and denied access to contraception.

Solar power, text messages fight maternal deaths in rural Cameroon

Solar power, solar electricity and mobile technology are helping to reduce the rate of maternal mortality in Cameroon.

How the death of two Ugandan mothers is helping entrench the right to health care

The case has already contributed to improved jurisprudence on socioeconomic rights in Uganda

Mothers and babies at risk in Apostolic church ‘birth camps’

Leaders of Zimbabwe's Apostolic sects are warming to the idea of women giving birth at health clinics.

Mozambique decrimanalises abortion to curb maternal deaths

The new law specifies that abortions will have to be carried out in recognised and designated health centres by qualified practitioners.

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