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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 […]

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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 […]


What can be done to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates in South Africa?

The promotion of universal exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) is widely recognised as the most effective component of child survival strategies. The multiple advantages of breastfeeding have been well documented.  However, South Africa (SA) has among the lowest EBF rates in Africa and the world at large, with only 7% of mothers exclusively breastfeeding for six months and, linked to this, a […]

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Dare2Care: Drought will lead to increased infant mortality

22 March is World Water Day, and this day has never been more important in the South African context. This week, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister, Zweli Mkhize, declared the drought and water crisis affecting parts of the country a national state of disaster.* Diarrhoeal disease linked to water crises is a leading cause […]