AIDS-Related Illnesses Leading Cause of Death in South Africa in 2000, Medical Research Council Report Says
May 18, 2005
AIDS-related illnesses were the leading cause of death in South Africa in 2000, accounting for about 30% of all deaths nationwide, according to a Medical Research Council of South Africa report released on Tuesday, South Africa's Star reports. The report, compiled by MRC's Burden of Disease Research Unit, shows that mortality rates and causes of death differ in the country's nine provinces but that HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death overall (Green/Smillie, Star, 5/17). HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death in every province except the Western Cape. Debbie Bradshaw, co-author of the report and director of the disease unit, said the study employed several data-collection methods, including death notification forms and census and household surveys (SABC News, 5/17). The report says that the country is dealing with a "quadruple burden of disease," with communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases, injuries and HIV/AIDS playing large roles in mortality, according to the Star (Star, 5/17). According to official statistics, South Africa has the highest number of HIV-positive residents of any country worldwide. UNAIDS figures released in July 2004 showed that about 5.3 million HIV-positive people live in South Africa, with a possible range of between 4.5 million and 6.2 million (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/21).
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