The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that pregnant women seeking healthcare in Eastern Cape government facilities are facing abuse and substandard care placing them at high risk of death and injury.
In its 66-page report ‘Stop Making Excuses: Accountability for Maternal Health Care in South Africa’, the organisation shares horror reports of women being physically and verbally abused, turned away from clinics without examination while in labour, ignored by nurses when they call for help, and forced to wait hours and days for care.
It also warns that ill treatment drive women away from seeking care with a greater cost to the health system.
In the same vein, the United Nations estimates that 4 500 women die each year in South Africa due to preventable and treatable pregnancy- and child-related causes.
To read the article titled, “Shocking maternal care in the Eastern Cape - HRW report,” click here.