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CDC Works in South Africa

CDC started work in South Africa in 1989, helping partners address HIV. In 1994, CDC began to collaborate with the government to conduct epidemiology training, develop national health goals and objectives, develop national HIV clinical, ethical, and research guidelines, and support HIV and TB programs.

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61 Locally Employed

South Africa at a Glance

Population: 53,699,000
Per capita income: $12,240
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 61/58 yrs
Under 5 mortality: 42/1000 live births
Population Reference Bureau Fact Sheet, 2014

Top 10 Causes of Death

  1. Tuberculosis 11.6%
  2. Influenza and pneumonia 7.2%
  3. Intestinal infectious diseases 5%
  4. Other forms of heart disease 4.7%
  5. Cerebrovascular diseases 4.5%
  6. Diabetes mellitus 3.9%
  7. HIV 3.4%
  8. Hypertensive disease 2.7%
  9. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 2.4%
  10. Other viral diseases 2.3%

Source: Statistics South Africa (2013) Mortality and causes of death in South Africa, 2010.

Why We're Here

HIV Aids in South Africa

HIV/AIDS is one of the main challenges facing South Africa, with one of the highest numbers of infected adults and children in the world.

Where We Work

CDC Works with partners

CDC works with approximately 55 prime partners and 200 sub-partners in all nine of South Africa’s provinces and with the national, provincial, and district health departments.

What CDC Is Doing

Mandela Day in South Africa

CDC works with partners to improve the country's public health foundation, prevent HIV, provide HIV care, and strengthen lab capacity.

Our Stories

  • Page last reviewed: October 26, 2015
  • Page last updated: October 26, 2015
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