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15 September 2011

Infant mortality rates still high in SA

A total of 58,000 infants under the age of five died in South Africa last year, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday.

A total of 58,000 infants under the age of five died in South Africa last year, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday.

South Africa, along with about a dozen other countries, all in Africa, is highlighted in red on the map, an indication it is not moving forward fast enough in curbing infant mortality.

In contrast, the report shows that internationally - between 1990 and 2010 - the under-five mortality rate dropped by more than one-third, from 88 deaths per 1000 live births, to 57.

 
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