A series of cheap and simple innovations could save the lives of two million mothers and babies in low and middle-income countries by 2030 and help get the world back on track to achieve some of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), according to a new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The World Health Organisation warned in June that global progress in reducing deaths during pregnancy and childbirth and among newborn babies had stalled since 2015, and that over 60 countries were not on course to meet the 2030 SDG targets agreed to by UN member countries. SA is among the countries lagging behind and saw its institutional maternal mortality rate increase during the coronavirus pandemic, from 93 per 100,000 live births in 2019/2020 to 119 per 100,000 live births in 2021/2022...

Subscribe now to unlock this article.

Support BusinessLIVE’s award-winning journalism for R129 per month (digital access only).

There’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in SA. Our subscription packages now offer an ad-free experience for readers.

Cancel anytime.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.