United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s address to the AIDS 2016 conference may not have made headlines. But he pointed out crucial statistics about the fight against HIV/AIDS that were worth a closer look.
It is widely reported that South Africa has the eighth highest suicide rate in the world, with a total of 23 suicides a day. But, as Africa Check discovered, no data supports this and the WHO warns against drawing international comparisons.
Newspapers reported that 1-in-3 South Africans is obese. This, they said, makes the country the most obese in the region. But the 1-in-3 claim is based on outdated data and care must be taken with rankings.
Nigeria’s president and health minister both claimed that the country could be declared polio-free this year as its last recorded case was in July 2014. But the World Health Organisation’s criteria are much stricter.