Health & Nutrition

The SA Government is obliged to ensure the absence of disease as well as children’s physical, mental and social well-being so they can survive and develop to their full potential. All children should have access to quality health services. 
 
While life expectancy and child survival rates have improved, the mortality rate of South African mothers and infants is still alarming. 
 
What is Save the Children South Africa doing? 
 
We aim to reduce neonatal deaths by promoting effective community newborn care 
  • We are championing the importance of newborn care. 
  • We are using new ways to help mothers and communities understand the importance of newborn care, pre- and post-natal care, breastfeeding and personal hygiene. 
We are helping to prevent malnutrition among young children so they can thrive
  • We are actively campaigning for adequate nutrition for young children. 
  • We mobilise communities and the public to support access to adequate nutrition.
  • We are implementing the most effective ways of preventing stunting and obesity amongst children from 0 to 5. 
We are promoting quality sexual and reproductive health services 
  • We are encouraging children to make their voices heard about what they need from sexual and reproductive health services. Learn more.
  • We are finding efficient ways to improve access quality services in schools and communities. 
  • We are giving girls the freedom to live.
 
 
We continue to build partnerships at all levels of government and with other NGOs to ensure a collective, coordinated response. Learn about our coalition that is giving communities a commanding platform to improve the health of newborns, children, adolescents, women and mothers in South Africa.
 
No child under the age of 5 should die from preventable disease. All children in South Africa are entitled to grow up healthy, enjoying long-term good health. Help us by committing your donation TODAY!
 

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Our core focus

Child Protection

Child Protection

South Africa is marked by high levels of violence and exploitation of children in places where they should be safe. All children should thrive in a safe environment.

Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

No child under the age of 5 should die from preventable disease and all our children deserve long-term good health.

Children's Rights

Children's Rights

Insufficient resources prevent children from achieving their rights as enshrined in the South African Constitution. We are campaigning for a strengthened child-rights system.

Education

Education

The quality of education in the foundation years has a lasting impact and we are working hard to ensure that every child receives quality basic education.

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