South Africa’s Burden of Disease

HEALTH REFORM NOTE 1, MARCH 2010

Evaluating South Africa’s burden of disease is important for the analysis of the proposed NHI, since it will impact on resource allocation, demand forecasts, specific programme needs and the like. A heavier burden of disease will demand prudent financial planning, well-planned health interventions and proper structuring of the entire system to cater for specific needs unique to this country. This research note presents a high level overview of South Africa’s disease burden and compares the findings with other developing countries, as well as a few developed countries. South Africa’s one of a kind quadruple burden of disease is highlighted, while further considering what this may signify for a national health system in this country.

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