Mortality surveillance shows a drop in SA death rate
The latest Rapid Mortality Surveillance Report shows a drop in the rate at which people are dying in South Africa.
According to the Medical Research Council over the past six years the mortality rate of children under five fell from 73 to 42 per-thousand live births.
The country’s average life expectancy has also improved from a low of 54 in 2005, to 60 last year.
Council researcher Debbie Bradshaw attributes the improvements to the roll-out of HIV treatment and the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.