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Maternal Deaths Following C-Section 50 Times Higher in African Countries

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Maternal Deaths Following C-Section 50 Times Higher in African Countries

A study published in the Lancet Global Health journal has revealed that maternal deaths following caesarean Section is 50 times higher in African countries compared to other countries across the world.

The study which followed 3792 patient’s caesarean delivery in 183 hospitals across 22 countries in Africa found that maternal mortality after caesarean delivery in Africa is 50 times higher than that of high-income countries and is driven by peripartum haemorrhage and anesthesia complications.

About twenty women out of 3,684 died, and 1 in 6 developed complications like excessive bleeding during or after the surgery.

Out of of 3506 infants born, 153 died soon after at a rate that is twice the global neonatal mortality rate of 1.9 percent.

Dr. Salome Maswime, one of the researchers in an interview with NPR said “What this highlights is the fragility of the health-care system across Africa.”

The study revealed that staffing of hospitals is a key issue that should be tackled across Africa.

A major limitation of the study is that it only covered half of the countries in Africa therefore the researchers warned that the research findings shouldn’t be generalized to all parts of the country.


Caesarean section, also known as C-section, or caesarean delivery, is the use of surgery to deliver babies. A caesarean section is often necessary when a vaginal delivery would put the baby or mother at risk.

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