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Useful sources about Africa


SAHPRA Press Release: Update on the use of ivermectin in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19



South Africa Demographic and Health Survey 2016 (Statistics South Africa)

The survey aims to provide a better understanding of the health status of the population in South Africa. Key topics include child health, reproductive health, adult health and nutrition.


Mid-year Population Estimates 2020 (Statistics South Africa)

An examination of the size and composition of South Africa's population at the 2020 mid-year point. The report includes data on HIV prevalence estimates and the number of people living with HIV, fertility rates, and average life expectancy at birth.


IHME Global Burden of Disease Country Profile for South Africa 2017

A comprehensive study of mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries, and risk factors to health at global, national, and regional levels. The study examines trends from 1990 to 2017 and makes comparisons across populations. Notably, the resource includes data on mental health disorders and personal healthcare access and quality.


World Health Organisation Statistics Data Visualizations Dashboard

Powered by data in the WHO’s Global Health Observatory, the portal presents visualizations on the health and health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from all member countries, covering several topics including poverty, health and wellbeing, malnutrition, sanitation, clean energy, sustainable urban development, and more.


Mortality and Causes of Death 2017 (Statistics South Africa)

An analysis of deaths that occurred in 2017 (years 1997 - 2016 are also included.) The report details the 10 leading underlying causes of natural and unnatural deaths, the number and percentage distribution of deaths by population/demographic group, and variations in mortality rates by province.