Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Who lives, who dies - the roll of the dice...

In South Africa, infant mortality risk is four times higher among black African children than white children.
In a middle-income country like South Africa, in spite of our ever-present informal settlements, it is relatively easy to forget that lower levels of absolute poverty (people living below $1.25 a day) hide massive inequalities. This report highlights the gaps not only in South Africa but more generally and raises concerns that the MDGs might mask these inequalities.

For the record, infant mortality is one of the few MDG areas where SA has improved over the years, dropping from 52 per 1000 live births in 2000 to 48 per 1000 live births in 2008 (data: World Bank)

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