South Africa's Burden of Disease

| October 2009 | Type: |

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.