Keeping an accurate record of a young child's treatment is critical to their overall health. That's why South Africans have the Road to Health, a book issued at birth that helps health workers record and monitor a child's growth, development and clinical care. But it is rarely put to optimum use.
The mainstream media in South Africa has no shortage of stories about violence perpetrated against children. Over half of South Africa's children frequently experience some form of violence from a very early age, and our system – under-resourced and over-burdened – is tasked with responding to these incidents.
Cape Town has run out of space to bury its dead; and new, environmentally and culturally acceptable options are urgently needed, both for burial and cremation, as well as for memorialisation, says PhD candidate and change agent Lucienne Kelfkens.
Established to address the growing burden of lung disease in South Africa, the Lung Institute recently celebrated its 15th anniversary by highlighting its many achievements and celebrating the people who have contributed to its ongoing success.