Child Death Statistics South Africa

Child Death Statistics South Africa

The Children’s Institute from the University of Cape Town in their briefing paper on Child Death Reviews gave some statistics that areAi??rather shocking.

Did you know that the first South African National homicide study established that 1018 children died due to homicide in 2009 at a rate of 5.5 per 100 000 children under the age of 18 years. Ai??Globally the rate was 2.4 per 100 000 children.

This study also showed the relationship between child homicide and fatal child abuse in South Africa and estimates that just under half (44.6%) of child homicides were in the context of child abuse and neglect.

Almost three quarters (74%) of fatal child abuse occurred in the 0-4 year age group, with most of these deaths occurring in the home.

Early intervention through counselling is one way to prevent child death through abuse. Ai??It is equally important that friends/family or neighbours report suspected abuse or violence in the home so that help can be offered. Ai??Ukukhanya can help.

The above extract is from a report published by the Children’s Institute of South Africa based at the University of Cape Town. Ai??The Children’s Institute is a leader in child policy research and advocacy in South Africa.Ai??Our activities focus on key challenges to the well-being of South Africa’s children: poverty, inequality, HIV/AIDS, high infant and child mortality and morbidity, violence and abuse, and limited voice. Our purpose is to provide evidence to assist policy-makers and practitioners to create policies, programmes and institutions that support the best interests of the country’s children.Ai??

 

 

 

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