This page contains links to all news features, including media releases related to child and maternal health and are filed according to date:
The gift of life proving to be the greatest threat to newborns
18 April 2013 - Eighteen-year-old Nandipa’s heart raced as the contractions occurred closer and closer together. She had been looking forward to welcoming her son into the world and had already named him “Silindokuhle”, a traditional Xhosa name.
Global conference stresses urgent need to prioritise the health of newborns
15 April 2013 – Representatives from over fifty countries gathered today for the opening session of the first-ever Global Newborn Health Conference (#Newborn2013) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Media advisory: Saving 3 million Newborns - Global Newborn Health Conference
April 2013 - World’s Leading Health Experts Gather to Share Interventions to Reduce Newborn Deaths, 15- 18 April 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa.
UNICEF and WHO welcome South Africa’s new regulations on infant foods
10 December 2012 – UNICEF and WHO welcome last week’s publication by the Government of South Africa of the Regulations Relating to Foodstuffs for Infants and Young Children, based on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
Unilever Foundation and UNICEF partner for Health
31 October 2012 – The Unilever Foundation and UNICEF today joined forces to promote behaviour change related to hygiene and sanitation practices, and strengthen the capacity of school and health professionals in South Africa.
South Africa succeeds in saving more children from being born HIV positive
July 2012 - More babies are being born HIV negative than ever before, a new study on the transmission of mother to child transmission of HIV in South Africa has revealed.
UNICEF & WHO welcome South Africa’s efforts to protect and support breastfeeding
15 March 2012 –UNICEF and the World Health Organization welcome last week’s publication by the Government of South Africa of draft regulations based on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and World health Assembly Resolutions.
Building health and saving lives
9 June 2011 - It’s a sad fact that 83% of Limpopo’s children live in poverty. So, you’d assume that this province’s Malamulele District Hospital probably performs poorly – especially since most of SA's baby death rates are linked to district hospitals
Impact on children: safe infant feeding and child survival
Of the 1.1million babies born a year in South Africa, 300,000 are born to HIV positive mothers. About 93,000 of these babies will be infected by HIV; 72,000 being HIV positive at birth and 21,000 becoming HIV positive through breastfeeding. Read more...
Impact on children: paediatric testing and treatment
About 260 children are born HIV positive every day in South Africa and most die before their second birthday. This has made HIV and AIDS the biggest killer of children under five in the country. Read more...
To disclose or not
Mandisa is being treated for pneumonia, a common childhood complication resulting from HIV infection. Next to her, her 38-year-old granny, Julia, is looking out of the window, lost in thought. Read more...
Luyanda’s Story: A message for hope for children living with AIDS
Before a capacity crowd seated in chilly Hall 1 of the Durban Convention Centre stood a 16 year old boy who had travelled from Cape Town to share the stage with the renowned South African Nobel Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu...