Mistakes made during childbirth lead to the deaths of more than 100 babies in Zambia every week, according to the country’s health minister, Sylvia Masebo. AfricaNews reports that speaking at the University Teaching Hospitals in the capital, Lusaka, the minister added that between 10 and 15 women also die each week due to preventable complications from pregnancy or childbirth, and that the majority of these deaths could be avoided through the provision of safe and quality care by skilled health professionals. This as, according to World Health Organisation, an estimated 2.6 million stillbirths occur worldwide, with up to 98% occurring in low- and middle-income countries, while 99% of all maternal deaths also occur in developing countries.
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