One in four children in SA are stunted by the age of 3, says ECD expert

Ilifa Labantwana provides support to alleviate childhood poverty through innovative Early Childhood Development programmes.

702/Cape Talk's Africa Melane (standing-in for Redi Tlhabi) spoke to Sonja Giese from Early Childhood Development NGO, Ilifa Labantwana, regarding the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

It presents quite a balanced picture of what we have done well, it highlights the gaps and the opportunities to address those gaps.

Sonja Giese, Ilifa Labantwana

Government has committed to improving the status of children in South Africa and this has translated in a number of ways.

Sonja Giese, Ilifa labantwana Executive Director

Now, 12 million children receive the child support grant and that has contributed significantly to reducing childhood poverty.

Sonja Giese, Ilifa Labantwana Executive Director

The Ilifa Labantwana programme is administered in collaboration with The Presidency and the University of Cape Town.

One in four children in South Africa are stunted by the age of 3, and that is something that is completely avoidable.

Sonja Giese, Ilifa Labantwana Executive Director

We need something more radical and increasing the value of the child support grant could be one radical intervention.

Sonja Giese, Ilifa Labantwana Executive Director

This article first appeared on 702 : One in four children in SA are stunted by the age of 3, says ECD expert


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