Health care in Pakistan
Department of Health (South Africa)
Internet version is the preliminary report. The 1998 South African Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS) is the first survey of its kind to be carried out in South Africa since the 1994 democratic national elections. The 1998 SADHS collected information on adult health conditions; sexual, reproductive and women's health; maternal and child health; adult, maternal, child and infant mortality; fertility and contraceptive use. Preparations for the study started in 1995 and the fieldwork was carried out between late January and September 1998. This report presents preliminary findings from the 1998 SADHS. It provides the results for key maternal and child health indicators including medical care for mothers during pregnancy and at the time of delivery, infant feeding practices, child immunisation coverage and the prevalence and treatment of diarrhoeal disease among children. It also provides information on women's status, fertility levels, contraceptive knowledge and use and adult health conditions. More detailed results will be presented in the final report which will be published towards the end of 1999. The information collected in the SADHS will be instrumental in identifying new directions for the national and provincial health programmes in South Africa. Data such as fertility levels, prevalence and treatment of chronic health conditions, and infant mortality levels are crucial indicators in evaluating policies and programmes and in making projections for the future. In addition, as one of more than 100 surveys carried out in the international Demographic and Health Surveys programme, it will hopefully contribute to an increased global commitment to improving the lives of mothers and children worldwide.