Year: 2001 Source: South African Medical Journal, v.91, no.5, (May 2001), p.408-417 SIEC No: 20040707

This report evaluates the South African National Non-Natural Mortality Surveillance System, a systematic effort to draw forensic-medical services & state-mortuaries into a nationwide fatal injury surveillance system. Sample findings are presented to illustrate the system’s capacity, & strengths & weaknesses of the system are identified. Suicide is discussed as a manner of death, & difficulties in identifying suicide using the system are explored. (21 refs)