Did you know that south Africa has the highest rate of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD ) in the World! Many times, expectant mothers are not aware of the impact that alcohol, smoking or pre-existing conditions like diabetes has on foetal health and development.

Dr Howard Manyonga, obstetrician and health systems management expert says, “Women who are trying to fall pregnant or who have already conceived are not seeking medical advice early enough, this can have negative consequences.”

Dr Manyonga heads up The Birthing Team which offers a complete maternity care programme to lower-income women.

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