Child mortality in South Africa: Is the Sustainable Development Goal (3.2) target achievable with current efforts?
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The two articles by Bamford et al.[1,2] in the recent SAMJ Maternal and Child Health Supplement present trends in inpatient case fatality rates for diarrhoeal disease, pneumonia and severe acute malnutrition (SAM), and a review of under-5 mortality and cause of death using several sources of nationally representative data. While these reviews provide evidence of some improvement, seemingly limited to the impact of prevention of mother-to-child transmission roll-out, we have some comments related to the interpretation of the data.
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