Progress and challenges

Progress and Challenges

Right to a quality standard of living

Right to life and basic health

Right to early childhood development and quality education

Right to a family environment and alternative care

Right to special protection





This page contains links to all news features, including media releases relating to the progress made for children and the challenges remaining in South Africa and are filed according to date:

Innovation can drive change for most disadvantaged children – UNICEF report
20 November 2014 – Urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, UNICEF said in a new report launched on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Keeping mothers and children alive and healthy: tracking South Africa’s progress
6 September 2013 - For many years, South Africa’s HIV burden was amongst the largest in the world, but the country’s commitment to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV and to improve the health of mothers and babies, changed this around.

South Africa’s children still live in unequal worlds
17 October 2012: Rising income inequality has serious consequences for children today, and for South Africa’s future. This is one of the key concerns raised in the South African Child Gauge 2012, which is released today.

Web-based portal on child rights and equity launched in South Africa
3 September 2012 – A new policy-oriented knowledge hub on child rights and equity, known as Policy Action Network, or PAN: Children, was made public last week. The web-based portal is a partnership between UNICEF and South Africa’s HSRC.

New SA web portal on children’s rights launched
31 August 2012 – A new policy-orientated web portal on children’s rights called Policy Action Network, or PAN: Children, was announced during a panel discussion on children this morning.

UNICEF calls for social inclusion of children with disabilities in Africa
16 June 2012 - Theme of the Day of the African Child 2012: “The Rights of Children with Disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfill”

Child Support Grants prove critical to reducing child poverty in South Africa
May 2012, Pretoria - South Africa’s Child Support Grant (CSG) – a central element of the country’s social protection programme – has been critical in reducing poverty and vulnerability in children, reveals newly-published research.

Understanding child poverty requires us to look at both challenges and progress
23 May 2012 – In the lead up to Child Protection Week, from 27 May to 3 June 2012, recent media coverage has highlighted the harsh realities facing children who live in poverty in South Africa.

Cities are failing children, UNICEF warns
28 February 2012 – Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World.

Climate change set to exacerbate child vulnerability in South Africa
19 November 2011 – Climate change will exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities of children in South Africa, unless mitigation and adaptation strategies are child-sensitive and timeously implemented.

UNICEF urges media to hear the voices of children on climate change
31 October 2011 - As South Africa prepares for COP17 in Durban from 28 November to 9 December, UNICEF is urging media to consult with children on what they believe to be the key issues surrounding climate change, its impact on the children of South Africa





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