ABOUT SACSoWACH

Who we are?

We are institutions and individuals working within child, adolescent and maternal and women’s health have the potential to positively influence policies and programs to address Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in South Africa.

They also work towards raising awareness amongst key target audiences, including the community. In order to bring about large scale, systemic change, a unified strategic effort from all these actors and a push for action is essential.

One important step forward is the establishment and sustainability of a national multi-stakeholder platform to effectively advocate and campaign together on child and maternal survival in South Africa.

In the run up to the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, Child and adolescent Health Partners’ Forum which took place in Johannesburg from a number of CSO and professional associations came together to campaign on newborn survival.

20 organisations have signed up to a civil society pledge which included a commitment to sustained joint campaigning and advocacy. 2015 is a particularly important opportunity to move this agenda forward given the launch of the South African MDG Countdown report.

The CSO Coalition, now named “South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents and Children’s Health”, was further strengthened in May 2015 following the Consultation on the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (Johannesburg, South Africa – 6-7 May 2015).

Together -We can make a Difference: – We have the power and opportunity to turn things around. – We know that what we do now can make an impact and create a sound future for the next generation.

The SACSOWACH Roadmap

  • Coordinating across sectors to mobilize towards the adolescent and maternal health agenda
  • Having a united voice on messages for the agenda
  • Taking the agenda to leadership in South Africa
  • Focusing attention on evidence based prevention strategies
  • Sharing evidence and best practice across the country to strengthen the civil society partnership
  • Communicating effectively on progress made
  • Regularly monitoring progress of SACSoWACH