During the month of August we celebrate women's achievements and the important role that women have played and continue to play in South Africa.
We recognize the pivotal role that women play in the lifelong health status of our children and family members.The increase in prevalence of diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease therefore requires a greater understanding of the importance of healthy lifestyle choices.
Health Facts - Women in South Africa
- Young women (15 - 24 years) make up 24% of all new HIV infections in South Africa – four times more than that of their male peers.
- Diabetes Mellitus is the second highest cause of death amongst women.
- Hypertensive diseases are the 4th highest cause of death in women. (Responsible for 5,8% deaths among females)
- 70 % of Women in South Africa are obese or overweight. Diabetes is directly associated with being overweight or obese.
- Prevalence of anemia among women of reproductive age (% of women ages 15-49) in South Africa was reported to be as high as 25.8 % in 2016.
Complimentary to Women's month, August is also Child Health Month; as well as World Breastfeeding week which takes place during the first week of August.
SAMJ; November 2015,Vol 105,No 11 Understanding and responding to HIV risk in young South African women: Clinical perspectives
STATS SA; 27/03/2018; Mortality and causes of death in South Africa, 2016: Findings from death notification
World Health Organization, Global Health Observatory Data Repository/World Health Statistics