Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Fatal injuries among urban children in South Africa: risk distribution and potential for reduction

Stephanie Burrows, Ashley van Niekerk & Lucie Laflamme

Volume 88, Number 4, April 2010, 267-272

Table 1. Distribution of the population aged 0–14 years and of all fatal injuries in children across sociodemographic groups for six South African cities,a 2001–2003

Characteristic Population No. (%) All injury deaths No.b (%)
Sex
Female 1 654 421 (50.1) 1139 (39.4)
Male 1 646 769 (49.9) 1750 (60.6)
Age in years
0–4 1 078 110 (32.7) 1318 (45.1)
5–9 1 090 825 (33.0) 822 (28.1)
10–14 1 132 254 (34.3) 783 (26.8)
Population groupc
Indian/Asian 194 284 (5.9) 70 (2.4)
White 365 536 (11.1) 151 (5.2)
Coloured 587 940 (17.8) 455 (15.7)
African 2 153 429 (65.2) 2221 (76.7)
Total 3 301 190 (100) 2923 (100)


a Buffalo City, Cape Town, Durban, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela and Tshwane.
b Total numbers may vary across variables because of missing data for sex and population group.
c Classification by population group as used by the South African government. Data sources: South African Census 2001;
11 National Injury Mortality Surveillance System, 2001–2003.

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