National immunisation rates for children under five years have dropped dramatically over the period of South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown, sparking fears of an outbreak of deadly childhood infectious diseases including measles. Adele Baleta reports.
Children experience anxiety and panic as acutely as adults do; only they might be better at hiding it. There is concern that the COVID-19 pandemic and national lock down will lead to an increase of physical and emotional abuse towards children and that the economic fallout of the pandemic will add a new dimension of hardship to children’s lives.
Abandoned children from government hospitals are finding a new home in a far-flung corner of rural KwaZulu-Natal, as one foster family is giving hope to children in need of end-of-life care.
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.
The Children’s Institute’s much-anticipated annual Child Gauge report was launched earlier this week and puts the state of children’s rights in focus while highlighting the need for a number of key interventions.