Hands-on Issue 10 (Jan-Apr 2014)


How can we strengthen Primary Health Care for children with Cerebral Palsy in rural areas?

Worldwide, the assessment and diagnosis of children with Cerebral Palsy is a complex and contested area, as it relies on access to specialised medical and rehabilitation personnel.  In South Africa, these resources are in short supply and usually not available in resource-constrained public health settings. In this learning brief, the Disability Action Research Team (DART) […]

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Posted on 3 Jun 2014

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The FunDza Literacy Trust: Evaluating a technology-driven reading for pleasure programme

The FunDza Literacy Trust aims to get young South Africans reading for pleasure, by disseminating high-interest, locally generated reading content that can be accessed via cellphones. The fantastic thing about using a technology platform as its delivery mechanism is that it generates large amounts of data. FunDza can measure – within reason – who is […]

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Posted on 3 Jun 2014

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The DG Murray Trust Early Thinking Project: Developing early thinking with Philosophy for Children

Reflective thinking is important for democracies and society in general, but even more so in seriously polarised societies such as South Africa – where communities are still divided and where violence is common in dealing with social conflict.  The ability to think reflectively and critically is a skill that can be cultivated through education and […]

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Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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Fix Forward: An increase in income equals an increase in quality of life – or does it?

Fix Forward is an innovative social enterprise giving home and business owners access to exceptional artisans from the townships, challenging preconceptions and bridging the economic divide.  Having been able to successfully assist a number of talented tradesmen to build their own businesses, Fix Forward believed that their tradesmen were well on their way to become […]

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Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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Working with government services: Lessons from the Perinatal Mental Health Project

The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) develops and advocates for accessible maternal mental health care that can be delivered effectively at scale in low resource settings. Working within public health facilities, they hope to demonstrate the need for maternal mental health services within the state health and welfare system, and to provide a model of […]

Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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The Case for National Senior Certificate Second Chance Programmes: Evidence from DG Murray Trust Partners

Two programmes implemented by our implementing partners, GADRA Matric School (GMS) and the Midlands Community College’s Maths Science and Technology (MST) programme, are successful models which give a second chance to young people who have not performed well enough in their National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations to study the tertiary courses of their choice. We […]

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Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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Introducing Child Death Review Teams in South Africa: learning from international models

South Africa’s first national child homicide study conducted in 2009, established for the first time the relationship between child homicide and fatal child abuse in the country.  This finding has increased efforts to promote the introduction of child death review teams in South Africa, so as to ensure that a comprehensive review is automatically done […]

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Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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Youth leadership development in South Africa – are we stuck? A funder’s perspective

If we understand the social challenges of our time to be complex, with multiple causes, symptoms and manifestations, then critical to how we respond and how we direct change must be our ability to deal with that complexity –something that requires collective, rather than singular leadership. In this learning brief, Janet Jobson asks what this […]

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Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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