Proudly SA: 2 avoidable deaths spurred lady to dedicate her life to improving women's health

Proudly SA: 2 avoidable deaths spurred lady to dedicate her life to improving women's health

- Dr Maswime witnessed 2 avoidable deaths at a clinic where she was doing community service

- This spurred her to pursue further studies to help improve women's health

- Today, she holds a PhD and is one of SA's leading clinical scientists

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When Dr Salome Maswime witnessed two avoidable deaths in a labour ward during her community service, she dedicated her life to improving women's health.

Today, the 34-year-old doctor is one of South Africa's leading clinical scientists, learned.

Originally from Limpopo, Dr Maswime's passion for helping others inspired her to choose the medical profession.

She holds a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Wits University. It focused on bleeding before and after Caesarian sections.

The passionate clinician spends much of her time caring for patients at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and conducting research. Speaking to Mail&Guardian, she said:

I use my clinical work to come up with research projects to advance medicine and examine new drugs and how they can be absorbed into the system.

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She has presented her groundbreaking research across South Africa and in several other countries, including Canada, Spain and Denmark.

In 2017, former President Jacob Zuma honoured Dr Maswime as a Young Trailblazer and Achiever. Mail&Guardian also named her in its 200 Young South Africans list.

In her spare time, Dr Maswime spends time with her husband and two sons. She is also an accomplished trumpeter.

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