A manual for clinics, community health centres and district hospitals
by E Buchmann, R Van der Walt, J Geldenhuys et al.
National Maternity Guidelines Committee, National Department of Health, Republic of South Africa, 2015
The National Department of Health has identified maternal health care as a priority area requiring urgent action in South Africa. This is in line with the target to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the targets set in the National Development Plan (NDP). There is a continuing global commitment to reduce the unacceptably high maternal death rates in low to middle-income countries (LMIC). Progress towards this goal in South Africa demands national co-ordination and co-operation with the major role players in provision of health services, addressing causes of maternal and perinatal deaths and in making available clinical management protocols to ensure that high quality health services are rendered.