The risky lives of South Africa’s children: Why so many die or are traumatised

Chris Bateman


Of the 18.5 million children under the age of 18 in South Africa, 8% have no fathers, 23% do not live with their biological parents, and 60% live in poverty – frightening figures that top local epidemiologists and clinicians agree help explain why the risk of a child dying here is ten times higher than in Europe.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG, South Africa

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Children; Violence; Trauma; Accidents; Abuse; South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(3):170-171. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9462

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Date submitted: 2015-02-08
Date published: 2015-02-09

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