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WATCH: Mothers of FAS babies often forced to drink by abusive partners - social worker

09 September, 11:35 AM

Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath speaks to the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children's Dorothea Gertse. 

Gertse says many abusive partners in South African force pregnant mothers to drink alcohol as a form of control.

An estimated 25 000 babies are born with FAS every year in South Africa, the highest reported rate in the world. 

In some areas within South Africa, FAS has been reported to be as high as 12.2%, in comparison to other countries where prevalence of FAS varies from 0.1% to 0.8%.

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