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Patterns and the changing role of the global burden of disease categories in South Africa

Heston Phillips, Statistics South Africa
Barbara A. Anderson, University of Michigan

We examine adult mortality in South Africans over the period 1997-2005, based on death registration data. We describe the level and trends in mortality by age and sex over time and the changing composition of mortality according to the Global Burden of Disease categories. Changes in death rates between 1997 and 2005 differed by sex and age. The importance of different causes of death differs by age and sex. In 2005 for males, at age 15-24 unnatural causes were the main cause of death, at age 25-49 communicable and related causes were the main cause of death, and at age 50-64 non-communicable causes were the main cause of death. In 2005 for females, at age 15-44 communicable and related causes were the main cause of death and at age 45-64 non-communicable diseases were the main cause of death.

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Presented in Session 64: Measuring the burden of disease