Saving Babies


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Saving babies

During the period 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2013, 1,412,355 births and 32,662 stillbirths and 14,576 early neonatal deaths were recorded on the national Perinatal Problem Identification Programme (PPIP) database from 588 PPIP sites. This represents 75.6% of all births in institutions using the District Health Information System (DHIS) for the denominator (July 2014).

All levels of care (Community Health Centres – 229,933 births (16.2% of PPIP database), District Hospitals – 654,115 births (46.3% of PPIP database), Regional Hospitals – 389334 births (27.4% of PPIP database), Provincial Tertiary Hospitals – 69,470 births (4.9% of PPIP database), and National Central hospitals – 72,503 births (5.1% of PPIP database) were well represented. All 52 districts were represented. Late neonatal deaths were under reported and are excluded from this report. The mortality rates are very similar to those described in the 2011-2012 report.

– Saving babies 2012-2013: Ninth report on perinatal care in South Africa.