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dc.contributor.authorRutgers, R.A.K.
dc.contributor.authorVan Eygen, L.
dc.identifier.citationRutgers, R.A.K. and Van Eygen,L. (2008) Mortality related to caesarean section in rural Matebeleland North Province, Zimbabwe, Central African Journal of Medicine (CAJM), vol. 54, nos. 5-8, pp. 24-28. Harare: CAJM.en
dc.descriptionA CAJM article on Cesarean birth related death in rural Zimbabwe.en
dc.description.abstractMaternal mortality ratio in low income countries is 100-500 times higher than in rich countries; compare the extremes: Zimbabwe with 1100 maternal deaths/100 000 live births and Sweden with 2/100 000.' Mortality rates related to caesarean section (CS) are in the same range, 0.5-2% (1:2001:50) in poor income countries and 0.01-0.02% (1:10 000-1:5 000)2 in the richer parts of the world. Mortality is greater in women who have more than one CS compared to those with a first CS, because of increasing age and therefore hi gher prevalence of general medical conditions, as well higher incidence of complications such as ruptured uterus (risk 0.2-1.5% after low transverse incision) and placenta praevia or accreta (risks 1.1-3.0 and 5-10 times greater than in an unscarred uterus).2 Compared to vaginal birth maternal mortality related to CS was shown to be 17 times higher in a medical audit in Midlands province in Zimbabwe.en
dc.publisherFaculty of Medicine, Central African Journal of Medicine (CAJM), University of Zimbabwe (UZ)en
dc.titleMortality related to caesarean section in rural Matebeleland North Province, Zimbabween
dc.rights.holderUniversity of Zimbabwe (UZ)en

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