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AIDS is largest cause of maternal deaths in South Africa

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 09 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1434
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    HIV/AIDS is the most common cause of death among women in pregnancy and childbirth, according to research carried out by the South African government.

    The research, which looked at deaths among women in pregnancy and childbirth (maternal deaths) in 1999, follows a report last year that found that there were 150 maternal deaths for every 100 000 live births in 1998; an ongoing “confidential enquiry into maternal deaths” was launched as a result. The latest report does not give an equivalent figure for 1999.

    The new report does show, however, that in 1999 29.6% of …

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