Opportunity 5: Implementation Experience

Learning Brief: Messages for Mothers

In a unique response to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, Messages for Mothers (M4M) aims to provide answers to mothers’ pressing questions about the coronavirus – and its impact on their families. In this learning brief, we look at the factors that contributed to M4M’s rapid formation, as well as the lessons learnt when […]

Posted on 18 Aug 2020


Tackling the challenge of intestinal worms: A rural ECD perspective

Intestinal worms and their impact on child health and development is a major health issue throughout the country but particularly in rural areas where lack of adequate sanitation and the large number of free roaming livestock and domestic animals exacerbate the problem. Through their early childhood development programme the Angus Gillis Charitable Trust is trying […]

Posted on 31 Jan 2013


Mentor Mothers Eastern Cape: Philani’s Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Rural Initiative

Philani has developed a home based maternal, child health and nutrition model in an effort to work with the South African government in reaching the Millennium Development goals (4 & 5).  Their model has been shown to be effective in an urban setting and in this Learning Brief they share the results and lessons that […]

Posted on 1 Jun 2012


What good are food gardens? A brief review of South African literature

Even though South Africa is relatively food secure, more than 14 million people (35%) are vulnerable to food insecurity and there are high rates of malnutrition amongst young children.  Can food gardens be an effective nutrition intervention? Justine Jowell investigated the possibilities on behalf of DGMT, looking in particular at nutrition for children aged 0-5 […]

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Posted on 10 Feb 2012