When kids go hungry: A frontline perspective on treating child malnutrition

When kids go hungry: A frontline perspective on treating child malnutrition

After more than 16 years at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, Shihaam Cader and her team have helped to treat and rehabilitate thousands of malnourished children. Kathryn Cleary chatted to Cader for the first part of a six-part special series on child hunger in South Africa.

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Childhood immunisation catch-up drive kicking off on 1 November

Childhood immunisation catch-up drive kicking off on 1 November

South Africa’s childhood immunisation rates declined in 2020 compared to previous years, largely due to COVID-19 and the related lockdown. Elri Voigt asked government about the country’s catch-up plans.

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Treatment time can be cut by a third for most kids with TB

Treatment time can be cut by a third for most kids with TB

Tuberculosis treatment can be shortened from six to four months in 80% of children, according to findings from a landmark study. Amy green reports.

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Analysis: Hunger remains a crisis in SA, despite new survey numbers

Analysis: Hunger remains a crisis in SA, despite new survey numbers

The second wave of findings from the National Income Dynamics Study: Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) released today, shows that household hunger has declined by about a quarter since the release of the first wave of findings. Although encouraging, there are still severe and unacceptably high levels of childhood hunger and stunting, writes Kathryn Cleary.

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COVID-19: SA doctors were ready for multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children

COVID-19: SA doctors were ready for multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children

The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Tuesday declared multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) a Notifiable Medical Condition. Elna Schütz spoke with doctors who have been treating this rare and dangerous condition.

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COVID-19: Solutions proposed as shocking new child hunger numbers revealed

COVID-19: Solutions proposed as shocking new child hunger numbers revealed

Findings from a large survey published today has revealed shocking statistics about the effects of South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown on child and household hunger. Experts say children may be the pandemic’s greatest victims and the country’s progress towards ending hunger may have been reversed. Kathryn Cleary reports.

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COVID-19: Don’t take BCG vaccine away from kids who need it for TB, experts say

COVID-19: Don’t take BCG vaccine away from kids who need it for TB, experts say

The use of the BCG vaccine for an unproven indication is irresponsible and may deplete BCG stocks for young children, for whom it has been proven to be a lifesaving preventive tool against TB, argue a group of leading experts.

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#Whatsitlike: The fascinating world of Surrogacy in South Africa

#Whatsitlike: The fascinating world of Surrogacy in South Africa

Reproductive freedom can include both the right to avoid procreation through means like abortion and the right to choose procreation through surrogacy and Assistive Reproductive Technology. Spotlight sat down with a mother who has been a surrogate on two occasions to discuss choice, the legalities and medical side of this process.

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TB in children: The amazing research being done in Cape Town

TB in children: The amazing research being done in Cape Town

Medicines that taste like strawberries or mangos, cutting edge trials on preventing TB in kids, measuring how children’s bodies take up TB medicines – in this World TB Day feature Kathryn Cleary profiles the amazing research done by the Desmond Tutu TB Centre in Cape Town.

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Special investigation: Shocking levels of child hunger in rural KZN

Special investigation: Shocking levels of child hunger in rural KZN

Alarming statistics put KwaZulu-Natal at the forefront of South Africa’s child hunger crisis, with around two to four times the reported levels in other provinces. Spotlight visited one of the province’s most rural districts to find the children at the heart of these numbers and the organisations making a difference.

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What’s it like: Being a midwife in South Africa

What’s it like: Being a midwife in South Africa

While the word midwife often conjures up images of old-fashioned births, the profession is still a vital part of modern health care. Spotlight spoke to some midwives and those involved in training about what it takes to be a midwife.

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