The new Road to Health Booklet demands a paradigm shift

W Slemming, L Bamford


Although under-5 mortality rates continue to fall in South Africa (SA), many children fail to reach their full potential, as evidenced by high levels of stunting[2] and sub-optimal educational outcomes.Recent estimates show that 38% of SA children under the age of 5 are at risk of poor development based on their exposure to stunting or extreme poverty, which are both established risks to child development.

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W Slemming, Division of Community Paediatrics, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Clinical Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and South African Civil Society for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (SACSoWACH), Pretoria, South Africa

L Bamford, Child, Youth and School Health Directorate, National Department of Health, Pretoria, South Africa and School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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South African Journal of Child Health 2018;12(3):86-87. DOI:10.7196/SAJCH.2018.v12i3.1595

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Date submitted: 2018-09-28
Date published: 2018-09-28

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