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Media briefing: SA national health and nutrition survey

06 August 2013
09:00 - 10:30

The CEO of the HSRC, Prof Olive Shisana and the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi invite you to attend a media briefing at the offices of the HSRC, where the results of the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) will be 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.


Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban: First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

The study was compiled by a research consortium comprising the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Medicinal Research Council (MRC), and financed by the national Department of Health and the UK Department for international Development (DFID). All requests for interviews can be facilitated through Mr Julian Jacobs on tel 083 326 6821 or tel +27 (0)21 4667948