05 June 2016
The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate, in conjunction with the Western Cape Government Health Department, has embarked on a 1 000 Days Campaign focusing on the health and well-being of children from the time of conception until the age of two years.
City’s Health Directorate, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli says the 1 000 Days Campaign places special emphasis on education and awareness about this critical period in a child’s development.
Mamkeli says “We have the clinics, the expertise and the material to deal with child health and meet the sustainable developmental goals and further reducing our Child Mortality rates.”
He says “Where we are still lacking is the buy-in from everyone can help make a difference in the lives of children.”
“We have started by rallying staff in our clinics and we will be spreading the message to our communities as we go along. There is no reason why children should die from preventable diseases.” Mamkeli adds
But education is key for us service providers, but also the children’s care givers and the community at large.