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Handwashing: Helping make children healthy
14 September 2017 - “Washing hands time” announces Isaac Mazibuko, the Principal of Sishila Primary School, outside Nelspruit in eastern South Africa.

The battle against HIV-AIDS in South Africa: UNICEF highlights successes
June 2017: South Africa’s success in reducing the transmission of HIV-AIDS from mother to child as well as advances in youth engagement was the focus of two satellite sessions hosted by UNICEF at the South African National AIDS Conference in Durban.

Video: The ‘Last Mile’ Plan Elimination of MTCT in South Africa
5 June 2017 - In a country with over one million pregnant women each year and an HIV prevalence of nearly 30%, South Africa has made significant progress towards preventing Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV (MTCT) over the last decade.

World Prematurity Day: Saving young lives in South Africa through technology
November 2016 - Prematurity is one of the leading causes of death in children under 5 globally and in South Africa it is one in three major causes of newborn deaths.

Tippy Tap: Improving the lives of children in rural South Africa
6 October 2016 - A ‘tippy tap’ may at first sound like a toy, but this innovative device is used by rural communities to address issues of health care and good hygiene practices in various parts of South Africa.

World Breastfeeding Week 2016
28 July 2016 - World Breastfeeding Week takes place from 1 to 7 August, highlighting the support women need to provide their children with the healthiest start to life by breastfeeding. By choosing to exclusively breastfeed a baby for the first six months

UNICEF Executive Director visits Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Durban
17 July 2016 – Prince Mshiyeni’s hospital room resounded with the uplifting words of the song, ‘Why don’t you EMTCT where you are?’, welcoming UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake on the eve of the International AIDS conference starting on 18 July.

No child born with HIV in South Africa: An achievable goal
18 July 2016: - With 3.4 million people on antiretroviral therapy (ART), South Africa has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world. By 2015, an estimated 95% of HIV-positive pregnant women and 75% of HIV-infected children were accessing ART.

26 New HIV/AIDS infections amongst adolescents every hour in Africa- UNICEF ‘Children & AIDS’ Report
1 December 2015 - Despite strident efforts to curtail the effects of HIV/AIDS, since 2000 the rate of African youth dying from AIDS related diseases has tripled.

Vaccines save lives – is your child’s up to date?
April 2014 - The nine-month old child squirms in her mother’s arms. Somewhat confused, the baby girl’s eyes dart all over the room, but then they fix on her mother’s smiling face, and she relaxes immediately.

Supporting pregnant women’s journey to motherhood
17 December 2013 - Supported by UNICEF, MomConnect links pregnant women and mothers to healthcare through mobile technology. The programme sends critical health messages to women’s mobile phones.

Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact Series – Focus on South Africa
9 October 2013 – Today the South African Department of Health and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) released a new report, the RBM Progress and Impact Series – Focus on South Africa.

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 African artist Zolani Mahalo hitting the right note with her breastfeeding goals
August 2013 - Her tiny frame stands in stark contrast to Zolani Mahalo’s powerful voice – its distinct quality able to sweep crowds to their feet. Zolani is the lead singer of South African Afro-fusion band Freshlyground.

Breastfeeding is most effective life-saver, UNICEF
1 August 2013 – During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.

New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa
25 June 2013 - New report also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children––only 3 in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most ‘Global Plan’ priority countries.

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...



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