n South African Journal of Child Health - online : heading for a brighter future : editorial

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1994-3032
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7671



This Journal was started some 8 years ago in response to the perceived need for a Child Health voice from South Africa (SA) and the developing world. We wished to give expression to research on, and advocacy for child health issues that are pertinent to our environment. Paediatric practitioners in SA agreed: we need the (). Many of the myriad child health problems that we grapple with may be of scant interest in well-resourced countries, but our specific problems also need to be researched, solved and reported locally. In this, we have succeeded. From our modest beginnings, we are now in the good position of receiving more publishable submissions than we can place from all over Africa and beyond. Particularly heartening is the increasing proportion of original research submissions. The Journal forms part of the stable of journals owned and produced by the South African Medical Association (SAMA). In my previous editorial, I alluded to existential questions concerning the financial viability of this and other journals managed by SAMA. The Journal's principals have now taken the decision to discontinue the print copy of the and maintain it as an online journal.

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