The theme of the South African Child Gauge 2020, published by the Children’s Institute of UCT, is “Food and nutrition security”. This review highlights the slow violence of child malnutrition, and identifies crucial intervention points across the life course. 

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Visit the Side-by-Side campaign, an initiative led by the National Department of Health, for COVID-19 related resources for pregnant women and caregivers of young children.

Visit the Western Cape Government’s First 1 000 days website for more information and resources about this critical period of development.


Read how “Preconception micronutrient supplementation positively affects child intellectual functioning at 6 y of age” in the March 2021 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Read the March 2021 Lancet series review update on effective interventions to address maternal and child malnutrition. 

Nutrition status prior to conception and during pregnancy and infancy seems to have an influence on the disease risk in adulthood (early nutrition /developmental programming). 

Read more in Human Nutrition.

Invest in improving maternal and child nutrition through pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood, one of the “Five urgent actions to protect children's right to nutrition in the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Read more in The Lancet.

Breastfeeding is the best available protective measure for infants and their mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and should be encouraged and supported throughout.  



Introduction: Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthy Pregnancy

This course offers an overview of the latest research findings and international recommendations on a variety of nutrition-related aspects and outcomes of pregnancy. 

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