Media Publications SACSoWACH

Press Release: Breastfeeding is Key to Sustainable Development

As we observe World Breastfeeding Week from 1 – 7 August, we recognise that increased breastfeeding has positive effects on the development of our entire society. Breastfeeding is a critical foundation for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. These goals are intended to end poverty and to […]



SACSoWACH is pleased and welcomes President Ramaphosa’s leadership in the social relief package announced on 21 April 2020. Here is a summary of this historic R500 billion stimulus package for the economy R130 billion in the current budget would have to be re-allocated, the rest will come from other sources like the IMF, World Bank, […]

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Championing breastfeeding support in the workplace

The South African Civil Society for Women’s Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) hosted a roundtable discussion to encourage better implementation of the Code of Good Practice for breastfeeding in the workplace, in an effort to create enabling environments for breastfeeding in the workplace. The event comes after a recent discovery that while women constitute close […]


Announcing the WHO/UNICEF e-learning Course on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes

Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD) In spite of clear messages on the importance and advantages of breastfeeding, promotion and sales of breast-milk substitutes, such as infant formula, follow-up formula and other products intended to partially or fully replace breast-milk, continues unabated. Global sales of breast-milk substitutes currently total US$ 44.8 billion, and […]


Early Childhood Development Policy: A boost for the Health system

By Patricia Martin and Dr Wiedaad SlemmingPhoto by Tracey Adams Originally published in the Saturday Weekend Argus on 16 September 2017.  It’s time for a major shift in how we plan for Early Childhood Development (ECD), as a government and a country to ensure the best outcomes for our children. ECD has been one of the government’s development priorities since […]

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2017 PROGRESS REPORT on the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy

PROGRESS IN PARTNERSHIP: 2017 PROGRESS REPORT  on the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health In 2015, when the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health was launched, we knew achieving something extraordinary called for a transformative approach in how we worked together as partners to accelerate […]

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SAAPA press statement on SAB “Beers for Africa” campaign

SAAPA, along with the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), SACSoWACH and Schools of Public Health across South Africa voiced our strong concern about SAB’s use of hunger to market their products under the guide of donating the proceeds from sales of an 8-pack beers to Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. Following public condemnation […]