The Road to Health

More children are surviving, but not enough are thriving.

Mortality rates for children under 5 have decreased in South Africa, but many children are not reaching their full development potential, as evidenced by the high rates of stunting and poor educational outcomes. 

THE GAP
The new Road to Health Book (given to the caregiver at birth) is a tool that places the supportive relationship between the caregiver and the child at the center of the child's development, and emphasises the relationship between caregivers and healthcare professionals, working side by side to support each child.
OUR APPROACH
In collaboration with the National Department of Health and multiple South African maternal child health stakeholders, we have created a series of videos that highlight the paradigm shift towards the caregiver as central to their child's nurturing care and protection, and their lifelong health outcomes, with the health worker playing an integral role in this journey.
The series introduces the new RTHB, as well as outlining the 5 themes (pillars) - Nutrition, Love, Protection, Health Care and Extra Care.
DISSEMINATION
The RTHB videos are currently being widely used across clinics, hospitals and academic institutions for training around the roll out of the new RTHB. The videos will further be used within clinics and be distributed directly to caregivers as a tool to better understand the paradigm shift within the new RTHB.
IMPACT EVALUATION
We are currently planning an extensive qualitative evaluation in collaboration with Ilifa Labantwana, a South African non-profit organization committed to supporting national government health initiatives. We are committed to designing and implementing rigorous evaluations of all our health education interventions.
The Road to Health

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