2000 Food policy Other Health-related issues

Committee on the Rights of the Child, Recommendation for South Africa par. 31 (2000)

Text of the recommendation

31. The Committee expresses concern regarding the limited availability of programmes and services and the lack of adequate data in the area of adolescents health, including teenage pregnancies; abortions; drugs and substance abuse, including alcohol and tobacco use; accidents; violence; and suicide. The Committee expresses its concern at the lack of statistical data on the situation of children with mental health concerns as well as the insufficient policies and programmes for these children. The Committee notes that while the State party has taken a tough anti-smoking stance with the introduction of strong legislation in 1991 and amendments in 1999 to control the supply of tobacco, many under-age smokers are still able to buy tobacco products. While the Committee notes that the State party has launched a Partnership Against HIV/AIDS Programme (1998) which aims, inter alia, to establish counselling and treatment centres for people living with HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), it remains concerned about the high and increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS and STDs. The Committee recommends that the State party take effective measures to ensure that legislation is fully implemented and enforced, particularly as regards the use of tobacco products. The Committee recommends that the State party reinforce adolescents health policies, particularly with respect to accidents, suicide, violence and substance abuse. It is also recommended that the State party undertake a study to assess the situation of children with mental health concerns and introduce programmes to guarantee adequate care and protection for them. Additionally, it is recommended that the State party undertake further measures, including the allocation of adequate human and financial resources, to develop youth-friendly counselling, care and rehabilitation facilities for adolescents that would be accessible, without parental consent where this is in the best interests of the child. The Committee recommends the reinforcement of training programmes for youth on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and STDs. These programmes should be based not only on gaining knowledge, but also on the acquisition of competencies and life skills that are essential to the development of youth. The Committee further recommends the full participation of youth in the development of strategies to respond to HIV/AIDS at the national, regional and local levels. Particular emphasis should be placed on changing public attitudes toward HIV/AIDS and identifying strategies to address the continued discrimination experienced by Children and/or adolescents infected with HIV.

Citation

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. 31. Available at: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRC%2fC%2f15%2fAdd.122&Lang=en