What are the common causes of under-5 deaths in South African hospitals?

  • Lower respiratory tract infection
  • Diarrhoeal disease
  • Septicaemia
  • AIDS
  • Severe malnutrition
  • Tuberculosis

This data is from the Child Health Care Problem Identification Programme (Child PIP).

Infections are the most common cause of under-5 mortality in South Africa.

The most common cause of death in the 5–18 year age group in South Africa is trauma (e.g. motor vehicle accidents and violence).

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