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South Africa

Started: June 2015

MCSP is working 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 are also supporting 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 has been designing, constructing, equipping and staffing a specialized pediatric hospital, which will join only four other such designated children’s hospitals in all of Africa. MCSP will work to develop a regional learning network of tertiary hospitals in the Southern African region to further advance critical pediatric care.

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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) 6,617.91
Total Population 53,675,563
Maternal Health
Maternal Mortality Ratio (deaths/100,000 live births) 138
Skilled birth attendant coverage 91%
Antenatal care, 4+ visits 87.1%
Newborn Health
Neonatal mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 15
Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 32.99
Child Health
Under-five mortality (deaths per 1,000 live births) 41
Treatment for acute respiratory infection 65%
Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine coverage (3 doses) 69%
Percent of districts with >80% DPT3 coverage 63%
Family Planning
Modern contraceptive prevalence rate 59.9%
Total fertility rate 2.33
HIV prevalence, adult 17.9%
ART coverage 45%
Health Systems
Density of physicians (per 1,000 population) 0.78
Density of nurses & midwives (per 1,000 population) 5.1
Total Health Expenditure per capita (USD) 593.00
Sources: All data are from the World Health Organization, World Bank, and United Nations Children’s Fund.
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