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Youth take lead in promoting better nutrition and healthier young lives
PRETORIA, 20 October 2023 – Young people across South Africa are stepping up to tackle the rising physical, mental, and economic costs of unhealthy lifestyles by launching the ‘ My body, my health: my wealth ’ campaign today at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg campus, to mark the end of National Obesity Week, 16 to 20…
A journey to keep your head above water
To me, mental health represents the ongoing journey of keeping your head above water. This journey is one towards personal growth, fulfillment and mental strength. The challenges of everyday life cannot merely be escaped, and for this reason, one needs to equip themself with the necessary tools to survive these obstacles that come in the form of…
Climate from a youth lens
I come from a broken family structure and my youngest years were lived in extreme poverty. Today, I call myself a humanitarian who focuses on improving social services for children and the fulfillment of their rights. I know how important access to child protection, health and other essential child services are because I struggled to receive them…
South Africa has a plan to tackle non-communicable diseases
The My Body, My Health: My Wealth campaign comes at a time when South Africa has recognised that due to the high prevalence and mortality rate associated with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer, the country’s fight against them needs to be prioritised at the same level as diseases such as…
Supporting women with a sanitary pad drive
Too many young women in South Africa often battle to access sanitary pads during their menstruation period and this leaves them feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed. What can we do to help? UNICEF University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg (UKZN-PMB) therefore set out to collect sanitary products during the course of August, which is national…
My emotional Anchor!
I have been struggling with mental illness and just recently, I began writing and speaking out about my struggles with depression and anxiety. Alone with my thoughts, I had two choices to make. Sink or Swim. Even though a larger part of me wanted more than anything to sink, there was this little voice at the back of my mind screaming to never give…
Youth energy to tackle persistent malnutrition
UNICEF South Africa has started the first ever trainings on youth advocacy for good nutrition, to empower young South Africans to advocate for the changes they would like to see in their community and country to enable them to lead healthier lives. The nutritional status of children and young people in South Africa is poor. Some 27 per cent of the…, Training participants gather for a group photo during second training at North West University., UNICEF South Africa/2022/Francisco youth-advocacy-workshop ZAF-20220813-094544, Young advocates exchange contact information during networking exercise., UNICEF South Africa/2022/Francisco youth-advocacy-workshop ZAF-20220812-104321, A participant presents their advocacy project to the group., UNICEF South Africa/2022/Francisco youth-advocacy-workshop ZAF-NutAdv-July-2022, UNICEF nutrition officer, Lea Castro, presents an analysis of the nutrition situation in South Africa., UNICEF South Africa/2022/Francisco youth-advocacy-workshop ZAF-20220811-154623, Training participants take a mental wellness break., UNICEF South Africa/2022/Francisco youth-advocacy-workshop ZAF-20220812-110050, Training participant presents their advocacy project to the group., UNICEF South Africa/2022/Francisco youth-advocacy-workshop ZAF-NutAdv-July-2022-1, The first global rollout of the new youth advocacy guide tailored towards nutrition advocacy at North West University., UNICEF South Africa/2022/Francisco students ZAF-NutAdv-July-2022-2, Students at the North West University celebrate the end of the nutrition advocacy training., UNICEF South Africa/2022/Francisco youth-advocacy-workshop youth-advocacy-workshop youth-advocacy-workshop youth-advocacy-workshop youth-advocacy-workshop youth-advocacy-workshop youth-advocacy-workshop students
Volunteers play an active role in safeguarding our elderly from COVID-19
It has been two-and-a-half years since the first case of Covid-19 was reported, yet we are still trying to fight this pandemic and save as many lives as we can. We have become accustomed to sanitizing our hands, but it is no longer compulsory for us to wear our masks in South Africa, which puts many of our most vulnerable more at risk of…
Volunteer club recruits record number of change-makers
The Societies’ and Arts Launch is one of the biggest events scheduled annually in the North West University (NWU) calendar. The aim of this event is to provide a platform for societies to exhibit their work and present a chance for students to join as members. NWU Mafikeng Campus has affiliated over 35 societies for the 2022 academic year, each…
Zwakala - take your shot!
“We were shocked and I was scared of Covid-19 because many people were dying because of it,” says 17-year-old Bafana Chabalala, “I remember my sister had it […] so it was bad with my family […] we couldn’t hold on with this coronavirus.” Bafana was 15 when Covid-19 became a global health crisis and his community of Ivory Park, a township roughly…
The importance of Tippy Taps within our communities
The issue of good hand hygiene and proper sanitation goes beyond schools and clinics. Edendale, on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, has many challenges, including limited access to water and good sanitation. Many households do not have running water and toilets and there are no handwashing facilities in these structures. Tippy Taps play an…
Zwakala is a movement of young people who are fighting the spread of COVID-19 by choosing to get vaccinated and wearing our masks, social distancing and ventilating to protect ourselves, and the ones we love. We do it for you. Zwakala, join us., #TakeYourShot #IDoItForYou, The Zwakala campaign is represented by young champions across South Africa. From Liaan Ali in East London who teaches young people to surf to Mpumi Mtintso, the owner of bookibhoni , a bicycle tour company that doubles as a book drive for young people in Soweto; and Sizwe Nzima, founder of Health Iyeza , that delivers much needed medication to the…, Join us on Facebook and Instagram, The Zwakala Campaign is a key youth focused campaign supporting the National Department of Health’s vaccine demand acceleration strategy. The campaign draws on the support of UNICEF South Africa, UN Verified, USAID, Accenture, Aurum, CHAPS, Youth Health Africa and the Community Media Trust.