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South Africa
South Africa
What are the current states of indicators contributing to a comprehensive view of nutrition for health and development in South Africa? See national data below.

Child Malnutrition

Child (<5 y) Anthropometry
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Indicator Year Value Source Info
% Low birthweight (<2500 g)help 1998 15.1 View

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Indicator Year Value Source Info
% Anaemia children <5 y (Hb <110 g/L)help 1994 21.4 View
% Anaemia pregnant women (Hb <110 g/L)help   no data  
% Clinical vitamin A deficiency in women(history of night blindness during most recent pregnancy)help   no data  
% Subclinical vitamin A deficiency in preschool-age children (serum/plasma retinol <0.70 μmol/L)help 1994 33.3 View
Median urinary iodine concentration (μg/L) in children 6-12 yhelp 2005 176.8 View
Median urinary iodine concentration (μg/L) in children 6-12 yhelp 2005 214.8 View

Health Services

Indicator Year Value Source Info
% Births attended by skilled health personnelhelp 2003 91.2 View
% Children 6-59 months receiving vitamin A supplements (dose 1)help 2004 37.0 View
% Children 6-59 months receiving vitamin A supplements (dose 2)help   no data  
% Children aged 1 y immunized against measleshelp 2009 62.0 View
% Children with diarrhoea who received zinchelp   no data  
% Population using an improved sanitation facilityhelp 2010 79.0 View
% Population using improved drinking water sourceshelp 2010 91.0 View
% Women receiving iron and folate supplements during pregnancyhelp   no data  

Food Security

Indicator Year Value Source Info
% Population below $1 per dayhelp 2009 13.8 View
% Population below minimum level of dietary energy consumptionhelp 2011 < 5 View
Iodised salt consumption (% households consuming adequately iodised salt - 15 parts per million or more)help 1998 62.4 View
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Malnutrition in Women

No female malnutrition data available for this country

Caring Practices

Indicator Year Value Source Info
% children 0-23 months who were put to the breast within 1 hour of birthhelp   no data  
% Infants 6-8 months age who receive solid, semi-solid or soft foodshelp   no data  
% children 6-23 months who receive a minimum acceptable diethelp   no data  
% Children <5 y with diarrhoea receiving ORT and continued feedinghelp   no data  
% Women 15-19 y who are mothers or pregnant with their first childhelp 1998 16.0 View
Breastfeeding
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Commitment

Indicator Year Value Source Info
General government expenditure on health as % of total government expenditurehelp 2010 11.9 View
Total expenditure on health as % of gross domestic producthelp 2010 8.9 View
Per capita total expenditure on health (US$)help 2010 935.0 View
Nutrition component of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)help 2007-2010 Medium View
Nutrition component of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)help   no data  
Nutrition Governancehelp 2009 Medium View
Maternity leavehelp 2009 4 months View
Monitoring and enforcement of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substituteshelp 2007 No View

Capacity

Indicator Year Value Source Info
Degree training in nutrition existshelp   no data  
Nutrition is part of medical curriculahelp   no data  
Number of trained nutrition professionals per 100,000 populationhelp   no data  
Nursing and midwifery personnel density per 10,000 populationhelp 2004 40.8 View
GDP per capita (PPP US$)help 2011 11,035 View
GDP per capita annual growth rate (%)help 2011 1.9 View
Official development assistance (ODA) received (net disbursements) (% of GNI)help 2010 0.3 View
Low-Income Food-Deficit Country (LIFDC)help 2012 No View

Meta-indicators

Indicator Year Value Source Info
% Seats held by women in national parliamenthelp 2013 42.3 View
Averaged aggregate governance indicatorshelp 2010 0.24 View
Gender Inequality Index (GII)help 2012 0.462 View
Gender Parity Index in primary level enrolment (ratio of girls to boys)help 2009 0.96 View
Global Hunger Indexhelp 2013 5.4 View
Human development index (HDI) valuehelp 2012 0.629 View
Education
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Female Education Levels<br/>1998
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