Health minister says data showing that child health in South Africa is not improving are unreliable

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:913
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. 1Johannesburg

    South Africa’s health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, has become embroiled in a dispute over statistics surrounding the country’s poor performance in crucial areas of maternal and child health.

    At the recent conference on mother and child health in Cape Town, Countdown to 2015 Maternal Newborn and Child Survival, she dismissed figures compiled and presented to the conference by the World Health Organization and other UN organisations, which show that South Africa has higher child mortality now than it did in the apartheid years, citing problems with baseline data.

    The figures produced by WHO show that between 1990 and …

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