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South African Child Gauge 2009/2010
Kibel M, Lake L, Pendlebury P & Smith C (eds) 2010
Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

The South African Child Gauge is the only publication in the country that provides an annual snap-shot of the status of South Africa’s children.

It is published by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, to track South Africa’s progress towards realising children’s rights.

The 2009/2010 issue focused on the theme 'Healthy children: From survival to optimal development'.

Click on the links below to download a PDF version or order a hard copy.

Executive summary
Full report (3.4MB)
Poster-map (719kB)

Back cover
Acknowledgements and contact details
Broad overview
List of tables, diagrams and cases

Marian Jacobs, Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

Reflections on child heatlh
Michey Chopra, Chief of Health: United Nations Children’s Fund, New York



Key legislative developments in 2009/2010: Children's health rights
Lucy Jamieson, Prinslean Mahery and Khululwa Seyisi-Tom



Overview of part two 

Children’s rights to health
Paula Proudlock and Prinslean Mahery

The status of child health in South Africa
David Sanders, Debbie Bradshaw and Ngashi Ngongo

HIV, TB and child health
Brian Eley

An integrated approach to malnutrition in childhood
Michael Hendricks and Lesley Bourne 

Mental health and risk behaviour
Alan Flisher and Aník Gevers

Basic health care services for children
Anthony Westwood, Maylene Shung King and Lori Lake

Managing resources and building capacity in the context of child health
Haroon Saloojee

Strengthening community-based child health services in South Africa
Nomathemba Mazaleni and Lesley Bamford

Towards child- and family-friendly health services
Minette Coetzee

Addressing the social determinants of health
Lori Lake and Louis Reynolds

A vision for child health in South Africa
The honourable Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Maurice Kibel



Introducing Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile
Katharine Hall and Lori Lake

Demography of South Africa's children
Helen Meintjes and Katharine Hall

Income poverty, unemployment and social grants
Katharine Hall

Child health: The general context
Katharine Hall 

Child health: HIV/AIDS
Leigh Johnson, updated by Katharine Hall 

Child health: Nutrition
Lizette Berry, Katharine Hall and Michael Hendricks

Children's access to education
Updated by Katharine Hall

Children’s access to basic services
Updated by Katharine Hall and Double-Hugh Marera

Children’s access to housing
Katharine Hall

Technical notes on the data sources
About the contributors

Readers' feedback

To the best of my knowledge, the South African Child Gauge is the only publication in South Africa that combines detailed empirical data presented in a user-friendly and accessible format, with insightful and thought-provoking research and commentary in the sphere of children’s rights.

Single best source that I am aware of on the subject area.

It's an excellent, current overview of the primary concerns for children in South Africa.

It makes me realise that as government we still have a lot to do.

I think they are excellent. They give a very short coverage, and I like the fact that they explain the data tables and come up with some sort of conclusion.

It is able to give us alternative picture of issues facing children in South Africa, government statistics are sometimes not an honest picture of enormity of the problems facing this country.

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