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School toilets in shocking state 02.05.2013
Millions of people do not have access to proper sanitation and in South African schools the situation is especially dire. Health-e News Service conducted an informal survey of the state of 17 schools’ toilets that fall within four of the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot districts. At all 17 schools the toilets were in a shocking condition. By OurHealth Reporters.
6-year-old gang raped in Limpopo 25.04.2013
VHEMBE. – With news about the gruesome rape and murder of Anene Booysen still fresh in the country’s psyche, news about the gang rape of a six-year-old girl shook the community of Mulodi Village in Limpopo where the crime took place.
Parents educated about raising children 22.04.2013
SOSHANGUVE. – More than 300 Soshanguve residents recently took part in a campaign, called Raising Roots, that gives parents, grandparents and caregivers all the advice and knowledge they need to raise healthier, happier children.
Health systems failing newborns 16.04.2013
JOHANNESBURG – The global delivery goals for mothers and newborns are noble. No woman should die while giving life. Yet, 280 000 woman die annually during birth.
Simple antiseptic can save newborn lives 16.04.2013
JOHANNESBURG – A cheap antiseptic ointment, used to cleanse a newborn’s umbilical cord, can reduce the risk of infection and death in the first few weeks of life by as much as 20 percent.
Roadmap to tackle newborn deaths 15.04.2013
JOHANNESBURG – Each year, about three million of the 7.7-million children who die before reaching their fifth birthday are newborns who do not survive their first four weeks of life. This situation has led to the top health agencies and child experts meeting in South Africa to formulate what will become the Global Newborn Action Plan.
Saving Newborns 15.04.2013
JOHANNESBURG – Experts from around the globe are gathering this week to address the preventable and unnecessary deaths of newborns, which accounts for almost half of all deaths among children under five.
Limpopo pre-schooler bitten by snake 07.03.2013
VHEMBE. – Requests to the Department of Education to upgrade facilities at the Mafukani pre-school have fallen on deaf ears, and have eventually resulted in a four-year-old nearly losing her life after being bitten by a snake in the sub-standard toilet facilities at the school.
'Functional' HIV cure of a child reported 04.03.2013
Researchers in the United States today said that they have identified a case of a 'functional' HIV cure in a child infected with HIV who began antiretroviral treatment within days of birth. The child has now been off treatment for over a year, and although HIV DNA has been detected at very low levels in the child’s cells, the virus is not reproducing. Read the full report from aidsmap here.
Challenges of breastfeeding 12.11.2012
Despite knowing the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of a child’s life, many new mothers often encounter challenges that prevent them from breast-feeding.
Great disparity in lives of SA children 18.10.2012
CAPE TOWN. – South African children have equal rights under the Constitution, but the worlds into which they are born and their opportunities in life are very unequal. This was the message Katharine Hall, senior researcher at the Children’s Institute (CI) at the University of Cape Town shared yesterday at the launched the South African Child Gauge 2012, an annual review on the state of South Africa's children.
Tik time bomb 04.10.2012
Each year around a thousand young women addicted to crystal methamphetamine, or tik, give birth to so-called tik babies in Cape Town.
Canada supports efforts to address ECD 13.09.2012
Around 200-million children, including many in South Africa, fail to meet their full developmental potential because of the debilitating impact of poverty – contributing to a cycle where poor countries remain poor.
Government formula milk sold for profit 12.09.2012
Some spaza shop owners in Khayelitsha are selling Department of Health (DoH) formula milk that is marked "Not for resale". This milk is supposed to be given free to HIV-positive mothers to give to their babies instead of breast milk. By Mary-Jane Matsolo, GroundUp
New SA web portal on children’s rights launched 03.09.2012
MEDIA RELEASE: PRETORIA, 31 August 2012 – A new policy-orientated web portal on children’s rights called Policy Action Network, or PAN: Children, was announced during a panel discussion on children this morning. The portal is a partnership between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC).
What kills mothers & babies
Living with AIDS # 528 16.08.2012
In South Africa about 4 300 women die due to complications related to pregnancy and child birth. About 20 000 infants are still-born and a further 23 000 die in the first month of life. In addition 75 000 children never live to reach the age of five. What are the causes for this?
Progress in reducing mother to child transmission 02.08.2012
: Great progress has been made in reducing early mother to child transmission of HIV in the country. A study by the Medical Research Council (MRC) shows that the national HIV mother to child transmission rate was approximately two point seven percent in 2011.