South Africa achieves Second Fastest Drop in Infant Mortality Rate in Africa

South Africa has achieved the second fastest rate of decline in under-five mortality in Africa after Rwanda, the government said on Sunday.  This is according to a Xinhua report.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, said: “South Africa has achieved remarkable progress in improving child and infant health, with the country’s under-five mortality rate decreasing from 85.2 per 1,000 live births in 2002 to 44.1 per 1,000 live births in 2014.” 

Similarly, the infant mortality declined from 57.8 per 1,000 live births in 2002 to 34.4 per 1,000 in 2014.

The child health indicators have been retained in the sustainable development goals to be adopted by nations of the world at the forthcoming UN Summit later in September 2015.

South Africa’s maternal mortality ratio shows some progress, even though the numbers indicate that it is not fast enough.

The South African public health sector, working in collaboration with development partners, academic institutions and NGOs, has developed a Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Countdown Project.

The aim of the project is to significantly increase the number of maternal lives saved by 2015, even if South Africa is not expected to meet the MDG target.

Between 2001 and 2011, South Africa significantly reduced the number of children suffering from severe malnutrition.

This article first appeared on Business Standard HERE

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