oa South African Family Practice - Impact of HIV / AIDS on deaths certified at Mosvold Hospital, Ingwavuma, Northern KwaZulu-Natal from January to August 2003 : original research

Volume 47, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



An analysis of the causes of death certified at Mosvold Hospital, Ingwavuma demonstrates the impact of HIV / AIDS in the region. HIV / AIDS appears to be responsible for about 45% of registered deaths in both males and females after the age of nine years. There is a significant difference in the mean age at death between males and females succumbing to the disease after the age of nine years: the average age at death of females from HIV / AIDS is 35 years, and the average age for males is 40 years. The younger average age of death from HIV / AIDS in females, together with a higher expected age of death from non-HIV causes, means that females lose considerably more years of life due to HIV / AIDS than males. The figures for this part of northern KwaZulu-Natal indicate a higher impact of HIV / AIDS on deaths than in previous assessments for South Africa as a whole.

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