oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The Southern African Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases - getting together for children : editorial



A disproportionately large burden of mortality in children under 5 years of age occurs in Africa. African children comprise only 18% of the global population, yet contribute 35-40% of mortality. Infections are the most important cause of childhood mortality in Africa. Therefore, infectious diseases are a major component of any healthcare practitioner's work in caring for children in Africa. To address advances in prevention, diagnosis, and care and emerging complexities associated with HIV and tuberculosis, the Southern African Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (SASPID) was established on 31st May 2008 at the biennial congress of the South African Paediatric Association.


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