The state of youth in South Africa: is the health status of youth improving?

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): G.C.Chimere-Dan, M.B.Makiwane
KEYWORDS: DISABILITY, HEALTH, HIV/AIDS, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, TEENAGE PREGNANCY, YOUTH, YOUTH ACTIVITIES
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
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Abstract

This paper examines the health status of South African youth in the past fifteen years using available quantitative data. Specific areas of interest here include youth disability, substance abuse, sexual and reproductive behaviour and HIV and AIDS. We also assess the pattern of health status implied in official statistics on mortality and causes of death among the youth.