2000 Food policy

Committee on the Rights of the Child, Recommendation for South Africa, par. 29 (2000)

Text of the recommendation

29. The Committee notes the State party’s recent initiatives to improve the general situation of health and health services for children, including the introduction of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) initiative and the provision of free health care to children under the age of six years and to pregnant and lactating women. However, the Committee remains concerned that health services in the districts and local areas continue to lack adequate resources (both financial and human). The Committee is also concerned that the survival and development of children within the State party continue to be threatened by early childhood diseases such as acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea. The Committee is also concerned about the high incidence of child and infant mortality as well as maternal mortality; the high rate of malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency and stunting; the poor situation of sanitation; and insufficient access to safe drinking water, especially in rural communities. The Committee recommends that the State party reinforce its efforts to allocate appropriate resources and develop comprehensive policies and programmes to improve the health situation of children, particularly in rural areas. In this context, the Committee recommends that the State party facilitate greater access to primary health services; reduce the incidence of maternal, child and infant mortality; prevent and combat malnutrition, especially in vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of children; and increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Additionally, the Committee encourages the State party to continue its technical cooperation with respect to the IMIC initiative and, where necessary, to pursue additional avenues for cooperation and assistance for child health improvement with, inter alia, WHO and UNICEF.


Committee on the Rights of the Child, CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 44 OF THE CONVENTION, CRC/C/15/Add.122, (2000). Par. 29. Available at: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRC%2fC%2f15%2fAdd.122&Lang=en