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The 2020 SBCC Summit
We’re delighted to announce that our abstract on ‘Amplifying a multi-sectoral response to food and nutrition security in South Africa: communication prospects and challenges’ was accepted as an oral presentation at the 2020 SBCC Summit, to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco from 30 March to 3 April. Special thanks to our UNICEF colleagues and co-authors Alex Mokori, Mariame Sylla and Matthias Sachse for their roles in this project.
SA AIDS conference 2019
Renay Weiner was invited to present at the Aurum Institute Satellite Session of the SA AIDS conference 2019. The session theme was New Policy Directions for SA TB Programme and the RTHD presentation was entitled: Which m-Health solutions can strengthen the TB response in South Africa? Findings of a review of m-Health solutions for TB, contracted by the TB Think Tank and implemented in collaboration with HealthEnabled were presented. It is clear that digital health technologies have potential in enabling and supporting the TB response. The role of digital technology in health care provision is very topical with the WHO having recently released a guideline entitled: Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System strengthening.
We are very excited to be partners in the SDG-Health and Wellbeing Consortium, which is being led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The consortium is conducting a baseline assessment of SDG 3 targets in Anglo host mining communities to inform a longer term health strategy. RTHD and Soul City Institute are the South African partners, while RTHD is also working in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The South African teams have kickstarted the fieldwork which is also planned to take place in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Australia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
The SDG Health & Wellbeing Research Consortium
This consortium – Sustainable Development Goal: Health & Wellbeing – conducts formative research into the health and wellbeing needs and priorities of the host communities of about 30 Anglo-American mines in 8 countries. Most of these mines are located in South Africa.
Ongoing projects include working with UNICEF South Africa on developing the National Food and Nutrition Security SBCC strategy; and partnering the SDG Health and Wellbeing Consortium led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.