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Report on Weekly Deaths in South Africa

Monthly reporting of weekly deaths

Estimated numbers of weekly deaths are reported monthly against the predicted numbers.

South African National Cause-of-Death Validation - Report 2

Report 2 | Underlying cause of death based on a sample of Medical Records from Public Sector Hospitals and Forensic Pathology Service Mortuaries

Executive summary

South Africa National Cause-of-Death Validation Project (NCODVP)

The Second South African Comparative Risk Assessment Study

South Africa has high rates of mortality and morbidity which are underpinned by the occurrence of risk factors related to lifestyle, social behaviours and the environment. The aim of this study was to quantify the contribution of 18 selected risk factors to identify areas of public health priority. This brief is intended for policy makers and health decision-makers to highlight the risk factors that require public health attention and intervention at policy and programmatic level to reduce the burden of disease experienced by the South African population.

South African National Cause-of-Death Validation

Report 1 | Methodology and Description of a National Sample of Verbal Autopsies

Executive Summary

South Africa has a well-established Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System (CRVS) with a high proportion of deaths being registered. The quality of the cause of death statistics that arise from the death notification forms completed by medical doctors, however, is sub-optimal, making it difficult to obtain a reliable cause of death profile or monitor trends in the number of deaths from specific causes.

Rapid Mortality Surveillance Reports

2019 & 2020

The Rapid Mortality Surveillance (RMS) Report has been providing empirical estimates of the mortality-based high-level indicators for monitoring health and the performance of the Department of Health since 2012. It provides information to track the National Development Plan (NDP) health goal to increase life expectancy at birth and selected outcomes outlined in the NDP and the Department of Health’s Strategic Plan for 2020/21 – 2024/25.

The 2nd Injury Mortality Survey: A national study of injury mortality levels and causes in South Africa in 2017

BoDRU, in collaboration with the Gender and Health and Biostatistics unit, conducted a survey of more than 25,000 non-natural deaths that presented to mortuaries in 2017 in order to:

  • describe the incidence of fatal injury rates in South Africa by age, sex and cause
  • compare the provincial injury mortality rates for fatal injuries

Key messages of the 2nd Injury Mortality Survey for 2017 include:

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