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South Africa
COUNTRY #1
Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola Antigua/Bar. Arab Emirates Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia/Herzeg. Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Central Africa Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo Costa Rica Cote d Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominican Rep. DR Congo Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equ. Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Guinea New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria No Macedonia North Korea Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Lucia Saint Vincent Samoa Sao Tome Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Isl. Somalia South Africa South Korea South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Trinidad/Tob. Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Viet Nam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

Compare South Africa and Nigeria health profiles including life expectancy history, causes of death and population dynamics side by side. Health Data used is WHO, World Bank and the United Nations for population.

Nigeria
COUNTRY #2
Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola Antigua/Bar. Arab Emirates Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia/Herzeg. Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Central Africa Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo Costa Rica Cote d Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominican Rep. DR Congo Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equ. Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Guinea New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria No Macedonia North Korea Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Lucia Saint Vincent Samoa Sao Tome Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Isl. Somalia South Africa South Korea South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Trinidad/Tob. Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Viet Nam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
DYNAMIC PYRAMIDS
Data Source: United Nations
South Africa Population Pyramid
 
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    LIFE EXPECTANCY HISTORY
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   Nigeria NIGERIA
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   Nigeria NIGERIA
           
    World Rank
           
    World Rank
      M F All M F All   M F All M F All
    1960
    47.4
    51.0
    49.2
    100
    96
    98
     
    37.2
    40.3
    38.7
    157
    151
    153
    1970
    50.4
    55.8
    53.0
    118
    101
    107
     
    40.6
    43.7
    42.1
    158
    155
    158
    1980
    53.9
    60.6
    57.2
    125
    112
    119
     
    43.8
    46.9
    45.3
    160
    159
    159
    1990
    57.9
    65.4
    61.6
    130
    118
    123
     
    46.0
    48.6
    47.2
    170
    170
    170
    2000
    54.6
    60.1
    57.3
    148
    140
    146
     
    46.2
    48.1
    47.1
    174
    175
    175
    2010
    55.5
    60.3
    58.0
    165
    154
    159
     
    51.2
    52.9
    52.0
    175
    176
    176
    2016
    60.2
    67.0
    63.6
    159
    144
    153
     
    54.7
    55.7
    55.2
    177
    178
    178
    LIFE EXPECTANCY BY AGE
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   Nigeria NIGERIA
          World Rank       World Rank
      M F M F M F M F
    At Birth
    60.2
    67.0
    159
    144
    54.7
    55.7
    177
    178
    Age 5
    63.1
    69.7
    172
    151
    61.2
    61.8
    177
    179
    Age 10
    63.4
    69.9
    172
    153
    61.9
    62.8
    177
    179
    Age 15
    63.7
    70.2
    173
    153
    62.2
    63.2
    177
    179
    Age 20
    64.1
    70.5
    175
    155
    62.9
    64.1
    178
    179
    Age 25
    64.6
    71.0
    177
    155
    64.0
    65.3
    178
    179
    Age 30
    65.3
    71.8
    177
    154
    65.0
    66.5
    178
    179
    Age 35
    66.3
    72.8
    177
    153
    66.2
    67.8
    178
    179
    Age 40
    67.6
    74.1
    178
    146
    67.6
    69.1
    179
    179
    Age 45
    69.0
    75.3
    179
    141
    69.0
    70.5
    178
    181
    Age 50
    70.4
    76.4
    179
    133
    70.5
    71.6
    178
    181
    Age 55
    72.1
    77.5
    180
    131
    72.0
    72.9
    181
    182
    Age 60
    74.0
    78.8
    181
    123
    73.7
    74.2
    182
    182
    Age 65
    76.3
    80.4
    180
    117
    75.7
    76.0
    182
    182
    Age 70
    79.0
    82.3
    174
    105
    78.0
    78.2
    182
    182
    Age 75
    82.1
    84.6
    164
    103
    80.8
    80.9
    182
    182
    Age 80
    85.5
    87.2
    141
    100
    84.1
    84.2
    182
    182
    Age 85
    89.2
    90.4
    122
    93
    87.9
    88.0
    182
    182
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   Nigeria NIGERIA
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH Rate World Rank Rate World Rank
    1. HIV/AIDS
    195.94
    7
    116.06
    15
    2. Coronary Heart Disease
    116.76
    101
    197.37
    31
    3. Diabetes Mellitus
    97.16
    10
    39.95
    53
    4. Influenza and Pneumonia
    86.08
    38
    246.59
    1
    5. Stroke
    85.07
    74
    109.84
    44
    6. Tuberculosis
    50.99
    31
    128.71
    5
    7. Lung Disease
    46.11
    15
    34.46
    42
    8. Violence
    34.29
    8
    10.46
    44
    9. Hypertension
    33.64
    13
    13.66
    80
    10. Prostate Cancer
    32.80
    27
    55.29
    7
    11. Diarrhoeal diseases
    32.59
    49
    146.53
    6
    12. Alzheimers & Dementia
    30.39
    57
    43.10
    11
    13. Kidney Disease
    29.74
    33
    13.66
    99
    14. Road Traffic Accidents
    22.44
    68
    29.50
    41
    15. Cervical Cancer
    18.31
    36
    22.57
    21
    16. Lung Cancers
    18.31
    67
    1.16
    179
    17. Breast Cancer
    16.95
    88
    32.06
    4
    18. Endocrine Disorders
    14.16
    18
    21.18
    5
    19. Liver Disease
    13.36
    100
    64.44
    2
    20. Asthma
    13.22
    33
    11.08
    46
    21. Suicide
    12.84
    46
    17.33
    15
    22. Inflammatory/Heart
    12.75
    12
    9.13
    33
    23. Low Birth Weight
    10.31
    68
    24.78
    10
    24. Epilepsy
    9.67
    3
    6.96
    6
    25. Oesophagus Cancer
    8.82
    20
    0.51
    182
    26. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    8.33
    87
    4.50
    146
    27. Other Injuries
    8.13
    85
    21.35
    6
    28. Congenital Anomalies
    7.97
    85
    13.48
    8
    29. Malnutrition
    6.68
    50
    22.00
    22
    30. Lymphomas
    6.27
    61
    4.88
    106
    31. Birth Trauma
    5.66
    74
    23.73
    6
    32. Meningitis
    5.12
    47
    31.54
    7
    33. Pancreas Cancer
    4.89
    71
    2.36
    120
    34. Liver Cancer
    4.79
    109
    13.15
    26
    35. Fires
    4.71
    41
    6.83
    17
    36. Skin Disease
    4.52
    38
    7.45
    6
    37. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    4.46
    70
    6.26
    54
    38. Ovary Cancer
    4.41
    93
    3.26
    142
    39. Stomach Cancer
    3.76
    134
    2.62
    168
    40. Skin Cancers
    3.72
    9
    0.69
    155
    41. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    3.67
    61
    5.38
    33
    42. Drownings
    3.40
    97
    8.93
    14
    43. Oral Cancer
    3.14
    92
    2.14
    133
    44. Leukemia
    3.13
    120
    1.80
    157
    45. Falls
    3.02
    142
    23.79
    2
    46. Other Neoplasms
    2.69
    94
    4.12
    46
    47. Maternal Conditions
    2.56
    68
    43.39
    2
    48. Parkinson's Disease
    2.22
    93
    3.53
    25
    49. Bladder Cancer
    1.97
    95
    1.05
    161
    50. Drug Use
    1.82
    53
    5.29
    9
    TOTAL DEATHS BY CAUSE
    PERCENT TOP 50 CAUSES
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   Nigeria NIGERIA
      Deaths % Deaths %
    1. HIV/AIDS
    107,348
    21.99
    161,271
    8.32
    2. Coronary Heart Disease
    41,965
    8.60
    108,578
    5.60
    3. Diabetes Mellitus
    37,228
    7.63
    25,811
    1.33
    4. Influenza and Pneumonia
    36,810
    7.54
    288,619
    14.89
    5. Stroke
    30,766
    6.30
    69,220
    3.57
    6. Tuberculosis
    22,702
    4.65
    115,420
    5.95
    7. Violence
    18,546
    3.80
    18,210
    0.94
    8. Lung Disease
    16,445
    3.37
    20,238
    1.04
    9. Diarrhoeal diseases
    14,198
    2.91
    178,438
    9.21
    10. Hypertension
    12,038
    2.47
    8,737
    0.45
    11. Road Traffic Accidents
    11,478
    2.35
    40,061
    2.07
    12. Kidney Disease
    11,376
    2.33
    11,098
    0.57
    13. Alzheimers & Dementia
    9,273
    1.90
    15,183
    0.78
    14. Lung Cancers
    7,170
    1.47
    949
    0.05
    15. Endocrine Disorders
    6,748
    1.38
    38,378
    1.98
    16. Low Birth Weight
    6,666
    1.37
    89,291
    4.61
    17. Suicide
    6,476
    1.33
    17,710
    0.91
    18. Liver Disease
    5,664
    1.16
    60,044
    3.10
    19. Asthma
    5,136
    1.05
    8,373
    0.43
    20. Congenital Anomalies
    5,050
    1.03
    43,279
    2.23
    21. Inflammatory/Heart
    4,895
    1.00
    7,727
    0.40
    22. Epilepsy
    4,504
    0.92
    9,989
    0.52
    23. Cervical Cancer
    4,486
    0.92
    9,191
    0.47
    24. Other Injuries
    4,153
    0.85
    32,706
    1.69
    25. Breast Cancer
    4,073
    0.83
    15,790
    0.81
    26. Malnutrition
    3,900
    0.80
    45,836
    2.36
    27. Prostate Cancer
    3,682
    0.75
    12,105
    0.62
    28. Birth Trauma
    3,657
    0.75
    85,504
    4.41
    29. Oesophagus Cancer
    3,458
    0.71
    351
    0.02
    30. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    3,198
    0.66
    3,781
    0.20
    31. Lymphomas
    2,829
    0.58
    4,568
    0.24
    32. Meningitis
    2,510
    0.51
    50,244
    2.59
    33. Fires
    2,191
    0.45
    8,950
    0.46
    34. Liver Cancer
    1,948
    0.40
    12,691
    0.65
    35. Pancreas Cancer
    1,865
    0.38
    1,908
    0.10
    36. Drownings
    1,804
    0.37
    16,222
    0.84
    37. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    1,664
    0.34
    5,123
    0.26
    38. Skin Disease
    1,655
    0.34
    5,766
    0.30
    39. Maternal Conditions
    1,529
    0.31
    69,797
    3.60
    40. Stomach Cancer
    1,489
    0.31
    1,990
    0.10
    41. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    1,482
    0.30
    4,079
    0.21
    42. Skin Cancers
    1,383
    0.28
    479
    0.02
    43. Leukemia
    1,343
    0.28
    1,760
    0.09
    44. Oral Cancer
    1,308
    0.27
    1,941
    0.10
    45. Other Neoplasms
    1,169
    0.24
    3,545
    0.18
    46. Falls
    1,141
    0.23
    17,795
    0.92
    47. Ovary Cancer
    1,040
    0.21
    1,495
    0.08
    48. Drug Use
    901
    0.18
    7,060
    0.36
    49. Alcohol
    729
    0.15
    2,812
    0.15
    50. Bladder Cancer
    715
    0.15
    715
    0.04
    CANCER RANK BY TYPE
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   Nigeria NIGERIA
      Rate World Rank Rate World Rank
    1. Prostate Cancer
    32.80
    27
    55.29
    7
    2. Cervical Cancer
    18.31
    36
    22.57
    21
    3. Lung Cancers
    18.31
    67
    1.16
    179
    4. Breast Cancer
    16.95
    88
    32.06
    4
    5. Oesophagus Cancer
    8.82
    20
    0.51
    182
    6. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    8.33
    87
    4.50
    146
    7. Lymphomas
    6.27
    61
    4.88
    106
    8. Pancreas Cancer
    4.89
    71
    2.36
    120
    9. Liver Cancer
    4.79
    109
    13.15
    26
    10. Ovary Cancer
    4.41
    93
    3.26
    142
    11. Stomach Cancer
    3.76
    134
    2.62
    168
    12. Skin Cancers
    3.72
    9
    0.69
    155
    13. Oral Cancer
    3.14
    92
    2.14
    133
    14. Leukemia
    3.13
    120
    1.80
    157
    15. Bladder Cancer
    1.97
    95
    1.05
    161
    16. Uterin Cancer
    1.81
    106
    1.89
    100
    Data rounded. Decimals affect ranking.
    Data Source: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION 2018
    Data Accuracy Not Guaranteed
    WHO Excludes Cause of Death Data For the following countries: Andorra, Cook Islands, Dominica, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Saint Kitts, San Marino, Tuvalu.