SA death rate dropping

2012-10-18 13:11

Johannesburg - A new report shows a drop in the rate at which people have been dying in South Africa, the Medical Research Council (MRC) said on Thursday.

"The Rapid Mortality Surveillance Report 2011 shows that the mortality rate of children under 5 years of age fell from 73 per 1 000 live births to 42 per 1 000 live births... over the past six years," the MRC said in a statement.

The probability of a 15-year-old dying before the age of 60 had fallen from 51% to 40% over the same period.

As a result, the average life expectancy in the country had improved from a low of 54 in 2005, to 60 in 2011.

"This has been achieved through a reduction in the mortality of both children and young adults," said MRC researcher Debbie Bradshaw.

She attributed the improvement to the roll-out of HIV treatment and the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV.

Not all good news

However, there could also be other factors, particularly in the case of children.

"This is excellent news for the country, but it is not all good news, and we are still concerned about South Africa meeting the maternal and child health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015."

Maternal mortality had worsened to an estimated level of 333 per 100 000 live births in 2009.

While the infant and under-5 mortality rates had improved, the neo-natal (babies under 1 month) mortality rate showed no sign of improvement by 2009.

These trends indicated the importance of the government’s strategies to improve the quality of healthcare.

A report on under-5 mortality released in April by the MRC highlighted data challenges in this area.
Further improvements in death registration were needed, the MRC said.

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-18 13:16

    Yeah right, and we believe you because you said so !

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-18 13:52

      "These trends indicated the "importance of the government’s strategies" to improve the quality of healthcare." Soft-soaping us for the NHI methinks. We are bound to hear more "Strategies" "Rolled out" on "Platforms" in time to come; 2014 is not far off.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-18 14:03

      And you would have so quick to believe it had those stats came from the DA!?! Pathetic unhappy bunch really

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-18 14:16

      @sanda.mnyazi. "And you have so quick" .... to turn this into a racial thing. You seem to be the unhappy one Fresha.

  • Jordi - 2012-10-18 13:24

    The death rate is on the Decrease because the Murder rate is on the increase. People are not living out the full potential of their lives. these stats are to those who die of natural causes or sickness not because they were killed.

      chris.e.chapman - 2012-10-18 15:46

      Well said.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 13:24

    If you read the headline you would think they are referring to deaths due to any/all causes be it natural, accidental or as a result of illness. However when you read the article it sounds like they are talking about HIV/AIDS related deaths. So which is it now?

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-18 13:30

    These lies must stop already

  • porshe.vrebec - 2012-10-18 13:31

    I think is true, it been long since i've been to funeral or hospital.

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-18 13:43


  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-18 13:34

    Doesn't matter. South Africans tend to murder each other instead.

  • lynette.mufaro - 2012-10-18 13:46

    I think figures are being cooked in prep for Mangaung

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-18 14:18

      Along with the samp and beans.

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 15:03

      KFC and fanta orange, samp and beans is soooooo previous regime!

  • susan.dejager2 - 2012-10-18 13:55

    Oh yeah, sure! And more people find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  • igshaanp - 2012-10-18 13:57

    alot of illiterate black people who support anc will believe this crap

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-18 15:14

      If you don’t know a certain topic it won’t kill you to just shut up. Do you know who is Debbie Bradshaw? Why would she cook up figures, is she in anyway aligned to ANC. Let me fill you in Prof Debbie Bradshaw, MSc, DPhil (Oxon) is a Director at The Medical Research Council. She is an established researcher in the area of South African mortality and epidemiology. She trained as a biostatistician and developed expertise in epidemiology and demography during her career as a researcher. Her main research interests are mortality profiles and health transition. She has authored/co-authored peer reviewed articles and presented papers nationally and internationally. She serves on several advisory committees in the health and health research arenas. And who are you? Who is the illiterate idiot now - LOL

  • siliziwem - 2012-10-18 14:02

    corruption is on the rise!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-18 14:19

      I suppose some will kill for it.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-18 14:05

    what a load of BS

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 14:15

    This is like the stats in a rehab for alcoholics. This year only 85% of the patrons got pissed, 10% down on last year's 95%

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 14:24

      ahhh what can I say, eish!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-18 14:42

      10 percent have/are now pissed off I presume

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 15:04

      and the other 90% on the rocks then?

  • jody.beggs - 2012-10-18 14:44

    Pull the other one , like we can believe anything the Government says ... Damn the man.

  • tshepo.mogamisi - 2012-10-18 14:50

    It's time the understakers to get new careers, like becoming taxi drivers.

  • paul.hemming.39 - 2012-10-18 15:41

    That's encouraging! Probably from managing AIDS patients' conditions, and extending their lives. Now we need to see the HIV infection and murder rates dropping too.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-18 15:47

    Who's fooling who?

  • George - 2012-10-18 16:50

    Is that because so many have been killed already?! Is it getting harder to kill more? Surely the criminal element will come up with new strategies to continue with their inbred ways.

  • croix.mactee - 2012-10-18 18:09

    "These trends indicated the importance of the government’s strategies to improve the quality of healthcare". ??????? Haaaaahahaha! Bwaaaaahaha! Hehehehehe! Splutter! Cough, cough! Haaaahahahaha! Kwaaaaakwakwahahaha! You're killing me ! Haaaahahahaha! Please STOP!!!

  • amelia.basson - 2012-10-18 18:39

    "According to South African Police Services: Murders 60 per DAY. According to Department of Home Affairs: Murders 83 per DAY. According to Medical Research Council: Murders 89 per DAY According to Interpol claims: Murders 149 per DAY. NOT A SINGLE ONE ON SABC TV. Nope, sorry I don't believe anything this government reports!

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