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New strategic plan for maternal, new-born and women's health

The Department of Health has published a Strategic Plan for MNCWH that is aligned to and supports the process of Primary Health Care (PHC) re-engineering. The three strands of the PHC – expanded school health services, ward-based outreach teams, and district clinical specialist teams – will play a key role in delivering community-based MNCWH services to communities and households, and will facilitate access to services at PHC- and hospital- levels. ...

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Report finds that maternal mortality rate is increasing

The “Saving Mothers 2008 – 2010” report, which summarises the findings on confidential enquiries into maternal deaths in South Africa for the period 2008 – 2010, is cause for concern. It reveals that the Institutional Maternal Mortality Ratio has increased when compared with 2005-2007. More maternal deaths were reported in 2008-2010 than in any previous years, and the MMR is still increasing. ...

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Health department imposes strict regulations on infant foodstuffs

The DoH has published its regulations on “Foodstuffs for infants and young children” in Government Gazette Number 35100 on 2 March 2012. The regulations impose restrictions on the sale of infant formula that is not manufactured, labelled and packed according to the stipulations in the regulation. ...

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