n South African Journal of Child Health - The 5th South African Child Health Priorities Conference : conference report




The 5th South African (SA) Child Health Priorities Conference was convened by the SA Child Health Priorities Association at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein from 3 to 5 December 2014. The conference theme was 'Closing the Gaps - Beyond Child Survival'. A well-constructed conference programme encouraged participants to move away from traditional notions focused on child survival and the absence of disease towards reflecting on how best to promote the well-being, resilience and capability of the country's children. In the course of the conference, three sub-themes emerged : taking stock of child survival in SA and enhancing local initiatives to improve this; the potential of early childhood development (ECD) activities to close existing gaps; and a long-overdue appreciation of the importance of social, adolescent and mental health.


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