In Africa, Myths, Superstitions About Childbirth Endanger Mothers and Babies

South Africa

“I kept the pregnancy secret as long as I could. I only visited the doctor when only I was seven months pregnant,” said Mohape. Mohape believes that revealing a pregnancy early could be extremely dangerous.

In Developing World, Most Dangerous Day of Life Is Birth

Mozambique, South Africa

The woman hung up her phone and delivered a baby into her yellow and orange skirt so quietly it almost escaped the nurses’ notice.

South Africa: Breastfeeding gets underway

South Africa

As World Breastfeeding Week kicks off today, the Department of Health has encouraged families, communities and employers to provide a supportive environment for mothers to breastfeed.

High rates of drug resistance among HIV-positive infants in South Africa

South Africa

Over half the infants exposed to treatment for the PMTCT or as infant prophylaxis had resistance to drugs in the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) class.

South Africa: Give Babies, Mothers a Fighting Chance

South Africa

The Countdown to 2015 report released confirmed that fewer than half of the 75 countries studied would meet the target to reduce the deaths of children under the age of 5 by 2/3rds by next year.

Yay for SA’s child health policies, nay for outcomes

South Africa

This week holds the opportunity for us to show that we are serious about having a world where no child is born to die.

Africa: ‘No Excuse’ for Newborn Death Rate

South Africa

A series of papers published on Tuesday is laying the ground for concerted international action to reduce deaths among newborn babies – which reach their highest levels in sub-Saharan African countries.

Invisible children: birth registration is a prerequisite for equality

Nigeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Mozambique, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Vietnam

More than a third of children are not registered at birth, making it difficult for them to contribute to economic, social and political life. Could a new governance indicator bring change?

University of Kwazulu-Natal Produces its Youngest Ever Medical Doctor

South Africa

Kubheka of Newcastle, who was ecstatic about his achievement, attained a distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Woman fears banishment following stillbirth

South Africa

Stillbirths can occur due to a number of reasons including infection, haemorrhages and problems with the umbilical cord such as those experienced by Ndiambani and her baby.