Hiv-Associated Maternal Mortality--Primary Causes of Death at King Edward VIII Hospital, Durban (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

Hiv-Associated Maternal Mortality–Primary Causes of Death at King Edward VIII Hospital, Durban (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

Background. The maternal mortality ratio in poor countries is reported to be 650/100 000 live births. This high maternal mortality may be associated with increasing numbers of HIV-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. Objective. To establish the direct causes of maternal mortality related to the HIV syndrome.

Risks for Preterm Delivery and Low Birth Weight are Independently Increased by Severity of Maternal Anaemia (Original Articles) (Report)

Risks for Preterm Delivery and Low Birth Weight are Independently Increased by Severity of Maternal Anaemia (Original Articles) (Report)

Anaemia is the most widespread nutritional disorder in the world, affecting 30% of the global population, and is even more prevalent among pregnant women. Massawe et al. showed that 65% of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in Dar es Salaam were anaemic; (1) this constitutes a public health problem that requires attention. Anaemia has a […]

Refresher Training on Maternal and Child Health for Urban Community Health Volunteers: Assessing Knowledge and Skills (Original Work)

Refresher Training on Maternal and Child Health for Urban Community Health Volunteers: Assessing Knowledge and Skills (Original Work)

ABSTRACT: Refresher training is given to the health volunteers/workers for updating and upgrading the knowledge & skills to deliver comprehensive and integrated services and to increase female involvement in the healthcare delivery system and also to develop selfhelp mechanisms at the community & family level. This study was carried out to understand the effect of […]

Maternal Deaths Associated with Eclampsia in South Africa: Lessons to Learn from the Confidential Enquiries Into Maternal Deaths, 2005-2007 (ISSUES IN Medicine) (Report)

Maternal Deaths Associated with Eclampsia in South Africa: Lessons to Learn from the Confidential Enquiries Into Maternal Deaths, 2005-2007 (ISSUES IN Medicine) (Report)

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are the commonest medical complication in pregnancy, and remain the commonest direct cause of maternal mortality in South Africa. (1) The latest (2005 2007) Saving Mothers report (SMR) indicates that there were 622 maternal deaths from HDP during this period, virtually the same as in the 2002–2004 report. (1,2) Numbers […]

Can Maternal Leptin Level at Early Gestation be Used As a Predictor of Postpartum Weight Retention? (Commentary)

Can Maternal Leptin Level at Early Gestation be Used As a Predictor of Postpartum Weight Retention? (Commentary)

The protein product of the ob gene, called leptin, mainly but not exclusively produced by white adipose tissue, is thought to suppress appetite and regulate energy homeostasis (1,2). Extremely obese individuals have high leptin levels, which is likely to reflect a state of leptin resistance, suggesting that they have reduced sensitivity to its anorectic and […]

Estimating the Burden of Disease Attributable to Childhood and Maternal Undernutrition in South Africa in 2000 (Original Articles) (Survey)

Estimating the Burden of Disease Attributable to Childhood and Maternal Undernutrition in South Africa in 2000 (Original Articles) (Survey)

Objectives. To estimate the disease burden attributable to being underweight as an indicator of undernutrition in children under 5 years of age and in pregnant women for the year 2000. Design. World Health Organization comparative risk assessment (CRA) methodology was followed. The 1999 National Food Consumption Survey prevalence of underweight classified in three low weight-for-age […]