Improve maternal health

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Despite this investment in public health there is a high and increasing level of maternal mortality in South Africa. Notwithstanding the fact that over 90% of pregnant women currently have access to antenatal care, and the fact that with a contraceptive prevalence of over 60%, South Africa has relatively high contraceptive prevalence rate. Of concern remains the current level of maternal mortality ratio which is far higher than the 2015 MDG 5 target of 38 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. It is evident that maternal mortality is both a multi-dimensional health and broader developmental challenge, and that improved sexual and reproductive health is also dependent on a range of other factors including education, decent work, safety, clean water and sanitation, and adequate transport facilities.

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