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South Africa’s maternal mortality rate quadruples

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WHAT: While most African countries have improved their pregnant women’s survival rate, these deaths have quadrupled in South Africa, the continent’s richest sub-Saharan nation.

WHY: The spike in deaths of pregnant women and newborns is mostly caused by corruption, lack of accountability and just plain bad health care, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: One of at least three South African hospitals being investigated for baby deaths had no gloves, disinfectant spray, soap or toilet paper; 29 babies died there within a few weeks.