Year Published: 2016

Authors: Shanaaz Mathews, Lorna J Martin, David Coetzee, Chris Scott and Yasheen Brimohun

Publisher: Health and Medical Publishing Group

Suggested Citation: Mathews S, Martin LJ, Coetzee D, Scott C & Brimohun Y (2016) Child deaths in South Africa: Lessons from the child death review pilot. South African Medical Journal 106(9): 851-852.


The child death review (CDR) pilot explores the pattern of child deaths and informs prevention strategies to improve child survival in SA. In this editorial we draw on the conclusions of the CDR pilot, where multiagency teams were established to investigate non-natural and unexpected deaths referred to two mortuary sites in order to strengthen child health and protection response systems and to prevent child deaths.