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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 9871-9884; doi:10.3390/ijerph110909871

An Assessment of Maternal Health Issues in Two Villages in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

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Division of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
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Community Engagement Office, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
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Received: 24 April 2014 / Revised: 13 August 2014 / Accepted: 27 August 2014 / Published: 22 September 2014
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Abstract

The fifth Millennium Development Goal of improving maternal health was placed on the international agenda and endorsed by global leaders at the Millennium Summit held in 2000. The aim of this baseline study was to conduct a situational analysis of key maternal health issues in two rural Eastern Cape villages in South Africa: Glenmore and Ndwayana. Ten focus group discussions were conducted with village leaders, community health workers and three different women self-help groups from Glenmore and Ndwayana, with five to eight voluntary participants in each focus group discussion. One of the themes highlighted was inadequate service delivery of ambulance services, which frequently failed to timeously reach expectant mothers in urgent need of transportation to a referral hospital. Adolescent pregnancy was highlighted as the maternal health issue of most concern to the community participants. In this context, a consensus was reached to design and implement an educational intervention to address adolescent pregnancy, which will form the focus of the next phase of this project. View Full-Text
Keywords: maternal health; South Africa; service delivery; antenatal care; adolescent pregnancy maternal health; South Africa; service delivery; antenatal care; adolescent pregnancy
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Siruma, A.; Hornby, D.; Srinivas, S. An Assessment of Maternal Health Issues in Two Villages in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 9871-9884.

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