SANHANES: Health and Nutrition

Ensuring care is given where it's needed most

South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES): results of first SA survey released

South Africa has a huge burden of disease, fuelled by a range of risk factors, and morbidity (illness and disease) and mortality (death) figures are high.This is shown by the results of the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES), a comprehensive health and nutrition study that yielded critical information on emerging epidemics of non-communicable diseases. The study also analysed the underlying social, economic, behavioural and environmental factors that drives these diseases in the South African population.

The information contained in the study will assist policy makers and programme managers to identify specific target areas that need attention as part of a comprehensive approach to address emerging diseases and the social factors that impact on health, including the health system. - See more at:

Read the media release - August 2013.

Download the full report - SANHANES 1.

Download the DOH Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2013-17 - SA National Department of Health.

Announcement when survey was launched in 2012

With the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES), South Africa will be following in the footsteps of the US, China, Canada and countries in Europe where National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) take place on a regular or annual basis.

Read the media release - March 2012.

Read the media release - January 2012. 

View the Executive Summary and read the Fact Sheet 


View the presentation by Dr Theo Nell, Dr Whadi-ah Parker and Dr Zulfa Abrahams.

Training Manuals and Guidelines

View the training manuals and guidelines.