Analysis: What can SA do about the ‘slow violence’ of child hunger and malnutrition?

Analysis: What can SA do about the ‘slow violence’ of child hunger and malnutrition?

The 2020 edition of the South African Child Gauge released last week once again placed the spotlight on the country’s child hunger and nutrition crisis. Various specifics in the new budget being presented in parliament today will tell us how committed government is in addressing this crisis, writes Kathryn Cleary.

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Analysis: Unlike the global trend, South Africa’s children are too short and too fat

Analysis: Unlike the global trend, South Africa’s children are too short and too fat

A Lancet article reporting on children’s height and weight changes over the past thirty years makes for grim reading when it comes to South Africa. Two of the country’s top child nutrition experts unpack what this landmark study means and what we can do to improve the situation.

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When kids go hungry: COVID-19 relief grant misses the mark for children

When kids go hungry: COVID-19 relief grant misses the mark for children

Over 7 million caregivers and 13 million children have been plunged deeper into poverty as payouts of the R500 caregiver grant ended in October. While this top-up was discontinued, the COVID-19 Special Relief of Distress grant which reaches an estimated 6 million people was extended. In the final article of a six-part series on child hunger, Kathryn Cleary speaks to mothers, children and experts about the implications of these decisions about grants.

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When kids go hungry: Elsenburg’s women fill the food parcel ‘gap’

When kids go hungry: Elsenburg’s women fill the food parcel ‘gap’

After not receiving any government food parcels, one Western Cape farming community pulled together to provide their own COVID-19 relief. In the fifth article of a six-part series on child hunger, Kathryn Cleary spoke to a few women from Elsenburg who have distributed their own food parcels and started soup kitchens to feed hungry children and families in their community.

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When kids go hungry: What happens when school meals stop?

When kids go hungry: What happens when school meals stop?

For over 9 million learners across the country, school meals are a lifeline, but this came to a grinding halt during the hard COVID-19 lockdown period. As a result, many learners became dependent on soup kitchens and donations. In the fourth part of a six-part series on child hunger and nutrition, Kathryn Cleary speaks to learners about how they were affected and how some organisations are fighting for improvements.

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When kids go hungry: Fighting for solutions in the ECD sector

When kids go hungry: Fighting for solutions in the ECD sector

Early childhood development programmes have a huge role to play in the lives of young children, including in their nutrition. In the third part of a six-part series on child hunger, Kathryn Cleary investigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on these programmes, and how some organisations are fighting for solutions.

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When kids go hungry: One young man’s struggle for food and love in Sun City

When kids go hungry: One young man’s struggle for food and love in Sun City

Food is not the only thing needed to end child hunger and malnutrition. Another invisible nutrient is love. In the second of a six-part series focussing on child hunger, Kathryn Cleary speaks to a 19-year-old about his battle against the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty in the Eastern Cape.

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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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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: 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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Special investigation: Claims of 90-90-90 success in KZN districts were premature

Special investigation: Claims of 90-90-90 success in KZN districts were premature

Last year KwaZulu-Natal celebrated three districts’ achievement of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. But celebrations may have been premature, as new data shows that no district in KZN in fact met the targets. Spotlight visited one of the districts to investigate.

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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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