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Fatal violence among children under 15 years in four cities of South Africa, 2001–2005

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Research reports & papers
Author :
Megan Prinsloo, Ria Laubscher, Ian Neethling & Debbie Bradshaw
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Homicide rates for South African children were estimated at double the global average in 2000. This article presents a secondary data analysis of the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System (NIMSS), with full coverage in four major metropolitan cities. The data collected confirm previous observations that fatal violence among children is a public health concern, but, given the high rates of homicide among South African adults and other competing public health problems, it is difficult to motivate for action to address the issue of violence against children. Nonetheless, there are sufficient indications that efforts to reduce childhood violence are urgently needed.