South Africa needs a plan to protect children’s health beyond COVID-19

Posted on October 12, 2020

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a head-on challenge to even the most solid health systems in the world. In South Africa, its onset collided with the already existing quadruple burden of disease. The country faces epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB); non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes; suboptimal maternal and child health; as well as violence and injuries.

To deal with COVID-19 the government re-organised the health system. Medical and laboratory capacity was increased and field hospitals were built – all in anticipation of a rapid rise in adult COVID-19 patients.

Click on the links below to read more:

Feucht U. - South Africa needs a plan to protect children’s health beyond COVID-19.

Article in The Conversation Africa. Published 27 August 2020. 
https://theconversation.com/south-africa-needs-a-plan-to-protect-childrens-health-beyond-covid-19-144608

Feucht U, Wessels J. - South Africa steps up its game to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Article in The Conversation Africa. Published 6 January 2020. 
https://theconversation.com/south-africa-steps-up-its-game-to-end-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hiv-128439. 

 

- Author Prof Ute Feucht
Published by Sanele Mntla

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