UNICEF REPORTS BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDREN MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN FIRST YEAR

Black children in South Africa are almost five times more likely than a white child to die before his or her first birthday, according to a recent United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) report on the progress and disparities among children in South Africa.

The report, presented here Wednesday by the Unicef Deputy Representative in South Africa, Dr Yulia Krieger, shows that disparities in child survival remain high in the country.

The main causes of deaths among the infants are either preventable or treatable and they include pneumonia, prematurity and HIV/AIDS.

However, the report notes that new HIV infections in children in South Africa are declining as a result of efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

Between 2010 and 2015, there has been an increase of 41 per cent of children who are now receiving anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK