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South Africa has made giant strides in breastfeeding. But it’s still taboo in public places

Reuters/Adrees Latif Chantell Witten, North-West University South Africa has a long history of promoting breastfeeding as an important part of promoting child health in the country. Even during the height of apartheid, the health fraternity acknowledged the need to keep breastfeeding at the forefront of children’s development. The first breastfeeding campaign was launched in October 1987. Several other […]


World Breastfeeding Conference 11th to 14th of December 2016

The World Breastfeeding Conference will be held at Birchwood Hotel near OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg from 11th to 14th of December 2016. To register, visit the website: www.worldbreastfeedingconference.org/home.html SACSoWACH will be holding a CSO consultation workshop on 14th December 2016: “the role of Civil Society in tackling societal and cultural barriers to exclusive breastfeeding“. Please check the programme brochure for the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]