Diarrhoeal diseases in South Africa

Diarrhoeal diseases in South Africa
According to the latest WHO data published in 2017.

  • Number of deaths: 12,761 (2.54%)
  • Death Rate (Deaths per 100,000 population): 29.47
  • Cause of death world rank: 47.
  • Diarrhoeal diseases, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 12,761 deaths in South Africa. That’s about 1 of every 39 deaths in South Africa.
  • About 35 people die of Diarrhoeal diseases each day, an average of 1 death every 42 minutes.

Demographic Summary

Value World Rank
Population total 54,841,552 25
Sex ratio m / f 0.98 106
Population 0-14 28.3% 78
Population 15-64 66.1% 80
Population 65 + 5.7% 106

Diarrhoeal diseases


per 100,000 population LOW HIGH
Country Rate
1 Somalia Somalia 190.57
2 South Sudan South Sudan 152.10
3 Chad Chad 134.10
4 Nigeria Nigeria 127.79
5 Kenya Kenya 127.36
6 Eritrea Eritrea 115.68
7 Central Africa Central Africa 104.00
8 Burundi Burundi 103.36
9 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 99.98
10 Angola Angola 97.67
11 Mali Mali 96.68
12 Comoros Comoros 94.09
13 Niger Niger 89.68
14 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 89.19
15 Malawi Malawi 83.86
16 Zambia Zambia 79.02
17 Cote d Ivoire Cote d Ivoire 78.97
18 Tanzania Tanzania 78.62
19 Mozambique Mozambique 77.87
20 Ethiopia Ethiopia 76.12
21 Liberia Liberia 71.13
22 Lesotho Lesotho 68.59
23 Benin Benin 68.07
24 Guinea Guinea 65.85
25 DR Congo DR Congo 61.01
26 Djibouti Djibouti 60.99
Health Data used is WHO 2014, 2017 updates, World Bank and the United Nations for population.
We do not guarantee the accuracy of this data.