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South Africa

Started: June 2015 / Ended: June 2019

MCSP worked closely with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) to develop its nursing capacity in tertiary pediatric care, and to establish the hospital as a regional center for learning in the Southern African region. We also supported the mentorship of clinical pediatric nurses and nurse managers at NMCH by partnering with a US-based children’s hospital.

Since 2014, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust had been designing, constructing, equipping and staffing a specialized pediatric hospital, which joined only four other such designated children’s hospitals in all of Africa. MCSP worked to develop a regional learning network of tertiary hospitals in the Southern African region to further advance critical pediatric care.

To read a summary of work in South Africa, click here.

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Country Data

MCSP analyzed coverage disparities across RMNCH indicators for MCSP program countries. Click below for country-specific data.

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Select Health and Demographic Data for South Africa
GDP per capita (USD) 6,160.735
Total Population 56,717,156
Maternal Health
Maternal Mortality Ratio (deaths/100,000 live births) 138
Skilled birth attendant coverage 96.7%
Antenatal care, 4+ visits 75.5%
Newborn Health
Neonatal mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 12.4
Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 34.2
Child Health
Under-five mortality (deaths per 1,000 live births) 43.3
Treatment for acute respiratory infection 87.6%
Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine coverage (3 doses) 66%
Family Planning
Modern contraceptive prevalence rate 54%
Total fertility rate 2.458
HIV prevalence, adult 18.9%
ART coverage 56%
Health Systems
Density of physicians (per 1,000 population) 0.818
Density of nurses & midwives (per 1,000 population) 5.229
Total Health Expenditure per capita (USD) 470.797
Sources: All data are from the World Health Organization, World Bank, and United Nations Children’s Fund.
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