๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Infant Mortality Rate of South Africa

26.77
Infant Mortality Rate
30,599
Infant Deaths
652,181
Overall Deaths

The current infant mortality rate of South Africa is 26.7669 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. A -4.68% decrease from 2022, when the infant mortality rate was 28.0822 and 32,561 infants died for the year. In the future, South Africa's infant mortality rate is projected to decrease to 3.2432 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, by the year 2100. A total decrease of South Africa's infant mortality rate by -87.88% from today's standard. This positive trend of South Africa's infant mortality rate can broadly be attributed to improvements in hygiene, water quality, and living conditions that reduced the spread of infections. The avalibality of midwife-led continuity of care (MLCC) from professional midwives according to international standard also plays a role in the overall decrease of the infant mortality rate.

Historic Infant Mortality Rate of South Africa (1950-2023)

South Africa has seen a decrease of the infant mortality rate since the 1950's. From 143.7395 to 26.7669 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, a decrease of -81.38% in total.

Year Infant Mortality Rate (infant deaths for every 1,000 live births) Infant Deaths Overall Deaths
1950 143.7395 77,619 279,631
1951 139.4974 77,305 276,519
1952 134.8396 76,747 272,059
1953 129.6052 75,615 267,248
1954 124.0502 73,352 260,160
1955 118.4036 70,903 252,627
1956 112.9005 68,710 246,627
1957 107.7746 66,754 240,801
1958 103.2628 65,046 236,926
1959 99.625 63,347 233,310
1960 97.0212 62,882 232,405
1961 95.2184 63,807 234,305
1962 93.688 64,849 237,924
1963 92.3763 65,999 242,176
1964 91.2299 67,285 246,525
1965 90.1949 68,553 250,816
1966 89.2176 69,866 256,185
1967 88.243 71,217 261,255
1968 87.2175 72,372 266,173
1969 86.0886 73,428 270,353
1970 84.7998 74,118 273,496
1971 83.4366 74,739 276,652
1972 82.0972 74,983 280,088
1973 80.7515 75,005 281,733
1974 79.3803 74,586 283,615
1975 77.9146 73,971 285,288
1976 76.3472 73,047 285,368
1977 74.6603 71,771 285,109
1978 72.8339 70,636 285,355
1979 70.837 69,891 287,032
1980 68.6571 69,069 288,820
1981 65.6385 67,070 288,267
1982 62.7974 66,319 288,350
1983 60.1753 65,839 289,001
1984 57.7551 65,973 291,481
1985 55.5278 66,280 293,713
1986 53.4493 67,096 296,161
1987 51.6383 67,005 303,757
1988 49.7132 64,748 306,723
1989 48.1537 62,013 314,345
1990 46.9091 58,588 319,227
1991 45.8871 56,667 327,908
1992 45.3196 54,748 332,033
1993 45.1816 53,777 342,790
1994 45.3606 53,346 356,414
1995 45.7996 53,477 369,071
1996 46.3052 52,603 388,444
1997 46.5473 49,852 405,333
1998 46.8723 48,503 428,229
1999 47.4128 48,263 451,828
2000 45.7711 44,840 476,555
2001 47.2803 45,672 513,557
2002 51.8479 49,691 561,305
2003 53.5012 52,369 608,547
2004 51.1666 52,301 628,420
2005 51.8701 55,286 645,838
2006 49.6174 54,774 654,889
2007 48.298 54,472 648,440
2008 45.3467 54,455 634,342
2009 39.4066 46,092 610,904
2010 35.1288 40,536 582,529
2011 28.3667 33,064 555,206
2012 27.5247 32,619 530,829
2013 29.5593 35,294 526,045
2014 29.028 34,925 514,865
2015 27.7554 32,942 514,293
2016 25.9395 29,998 507,232
2017 23.4053 27,296 498,721
2018 25.2289 30,457 502,601
2019 26.5443 32,737 500,327
2020 21.0861 25,279 553,914
2021 26.6584 31,472 678,798
2022 28.0822 32,561 720,175
2023 26.7669 30,599 652,181

Future Infant Mortality Rate of South Africa (2023-2100)

South Africa's positive downward trend in the infant mortality rate is set to decrease even further in the future. Where the infant mortality rate will shrink from 26.7669 to an average of 3.2432 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. An additional decrease of -87.88% from 2023 to 2100.

Year Infant Mortality Rate (infant deaths for every 1,000 live births) Infant Deaths Overall Deaths
2023 26.7669 30,599 652,181
2024 20.9524 23,655 522,034
2025 20.5958 22,988 531,717
2026 20.2434 22,404 541,525
2027 19.8758 21,841 551,290
2028 19.5372 21,296 561,479
2029 19.2102 20,864 571,734
2030 18.8766 20,437 582,144
2031 18.5677 20,062 592,914
2032 18.2341 19,729 603,697
2033 17.9351 19,402 614,671
2034 17.615 19,053 625,712
2035 17.3115 18,759 636,762
2036 17.0046 18,480 647,536
2037 16.6374 18,085 658,939
2038 16.2703 17,663 669,992
2039 15.9099 17,267 681,053
2040 15.5358 16,864 692,515
2041 15.1887 16,507 703,480
2042 14.8172 16,050 714,224
2043 14.483 15,673 725,536
2044 14.1606 15,271 736,441
2045 13.8591 14,900 748,082
2046 13.5445 14,471 759,223
2047 13.2156 14,058 769,989
2048 12.8973 13,632 780,567
2049 12.5918 13,251 791,006
2050 12.3115 12,846 802,188
2051 12.02 12,448 812,707
2052 11.7416 12,050 823,031
2053 11.4452 11,686 832,865
2054 11.1777 11,327 842,638
2055 10.9143 10,967 852,427
2056 10.6407 10,624 861,735
2057 10.3943 10,330 870,688
2058 10.1315 10,004 879,372
2059 9.8447 9,653 887,355
2060 9.5976 9,342 895,806
2061 9.3367 9,054 903,150
2062 9.1086 8,807 910,056
2063 8.8771 8,555 917,245
2064 8.6133 8,255 923,453
2065 8.3883 7,997 929,691
2066 8.1324 7,707 935,550
2067 7.9238 7,524 941,863
2068 7.7083 7,288 948,081
2069 7.5085 7,055 953,735
2070 7.2766 6,819 958,765
2071 7.0795 6,633 963,766
2072 6.8656 6,406 968,967
2073 6.6738 6,176 973,118
2074 6.4664 5,950 976,987
2075 6.2741 5,734 980,867
2076 6.0993 5,554 984,326
2077 5.9219 5,372 987,389
2078 5.7367 5,178 989,280
2079 5.6036 5,006 990,392
2080 5.4756 4,860 991,317
2081 5.3506 4,723 992,025
2082 5.2215 4,572 992,377
2083 5.0926 4,444 991,843
2084 4.964 4,302 991,298
2085 4.8444 4,166 990,691
2086 4.7246 4,043 989,797
2087 4.6012 3,923 989,018
2088 4.4829 3,798 988,581
2089 4.3712 3,679 988,018
2090 4.2565 3,561 987,415
2091 4.145 3,446 987,137
2092 4.042 3,330 987,251
2093 3.9346 3,227 986,952
2094 3.8325 3,126 987,430
2095 3.7313 3,029 987,735
2096 3.6314 2,937 987,785
2097 3.5267 2,833 988,372
2098 3.4317 2,743 988,626
2099 3.3413 2,664 989,494
2100 3.2432 2,563 989,584

What is Infant Mortality Rate?

Mortality rate is a measure of the frequency of occurrence of death in a defined population during a specified interval. Infant mortality rate refers to the number of deaths of infants under one year of age per 1,000 live births in a given population. It is an important indicator of the overall health and well-being of a society, as well as the quality of healthcare and socio-economic conditions.

How is Infant Mortality Rate calculated?

The infant mortality rate or IMR for short is the number of children that die under one year of age in a given year, per 1,000 live births. Thus, infant mortality rates are calculated as the number of deaths in the first year of life divided by the number of live births, multiplied by 1000.

Infant Mortality Rate Formula

Infant Mortality Rate = deaths under 1 year / live births * 1000

What Countries have the Lowest Infant Mortality Rate?

In general, developed countries tend to have lower infant mortality rates due to better access to healthcare, advanced medical facilities, and public health initiatives. In contrast, developing countries often have higher rates due to various factors such as limited access to healthcare, inadequate nutrition, poor sanitation, and infectious diseases.

Infant Mortality Rate numbers for country change each year, thus we provide a list of countries with the lowest infant mortality rate in 2023, and previous years dating back to the 1950's.

Data Information

Data found on this page is based on the medium fertility variant of the United Nations Revision of World Population Prospects 2022.

Data Sources

The United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Population Division)

UN Revision of World Population Prospects 2022

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