IOL: South Africa: “South Africa’s biggest killer is HIV and Aids, according to a new Medical Research Council report on cause-specific death rates for each of the nine provinces.
According to the report, Estimates of Provincial Mortality, HIV and Aids in Gauteng accounted for 33 percent of all deaths in 2000 – one in three – compared with 30 percent of all deaths nationwide.
Compiled by the MRC’s Burden of Disease Research Unit, the report shows that overall mortality rates and causes of death differ in the provinces, but that HIV and Aids is the leading killer across the board.
‘These figures are just going to get worse and worse,’ Mark Heywood, spokesperson for the Treatment Action Campaign, said on Monday. “
Follow the link for more information. There are specific reports for each of the South African provinces