MATERNAL MORTALITY IN SOUTH SUDAN
Claudia Hammond hears from South Sudan which has the highest recorded rate of maternal mortality in the world. There, one woman in seven is likely to die in childbirth. Medical facilities seem inadequate, with only a handful of trained midwives in the whole county. However, initiatives are taking place right now to change this, in particular training local women to act as community midwives.
We also look at ways to fund public health systems in countries which have ineffective or limited taxation systems. New research looking at nine different countries has found a range of innovative solutions.
And we examine the widely held belief that the timing of sexual intercourse can determine the sex of a child.