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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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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 […]

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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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SACSoWACH Launches National Art Competition: Babies need MOM-Made, not man-made.

In the build up towards the 2nd World Breastfeeding Conference to be held in South Africa in December, later this year, we have the pleasure to invite students, artists and photographers to participate in the National Art Competition in celebration of breastfeeding, themed “Babies need Mom-Made, not Man-Made”. The competition is organized by the South […]

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A new civil society coalition gives communities a commanding platform to improve the health of new-borns, children, adolescents, women and mothers in South Africa

  On November 16, South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Motsoaledi launched the South African CSO Coalition for Newborn, Child, Adolescent, Women’s and Maternal Health Services (SACSoWACH) at the national World Prematurity Day celebrations.  “I welcome the coalition as it has a critical role to play in mobilising communities and supporting our prevention efforts. I invite […]

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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, African Development Bank and BRICS Bank.    On hunger – millions of South Africans are struggling to survive. Poverty and food insecurity have deepened dramatically. There will be a temporary Coronavirus Grant. ‬R50billion […]