2020 Programme

Child Health Priorities Virtual Conference

25 -26 November 2020

Putting Children First!

COVID-19: from response to recovery

Day 1: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

9:00 – 11:00 Session 1 – Children and COVID-19: What’s been the experience? (Facilitator: Mariame Sylla; Unicef)
9:00- 9:20 Child health and the pandemic – Nomlindo Makubalo (DCST, Nelson Mandela Bay; CoMMiC)
9:20 – 9:30 Children’s experiences of the pandemic – RXH Radio (Children’s voices)
9:30 – 9:50 Key issues related to child health – Karabo Ozah (Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria)
9:50 – 10:20 Child health and the pandemic: The national response National Department of Health (TBC)
10:20 -11:00 Moderated panel discussion – Mark Heywood (Daily Maverick)
14:00 – 16:00 Session 2 – Child wellbeing: COVID-19 and the way forward
14:00 – 15:05 Facilitator: Lori Lake; Children’s Institute
14:00 – 14:15 The impact on poverty, inequality and social assistance – Kath Hall (Children’s Institute)
14:15 – 14:30 The impact on violence against women and children – Shanaaz Mathews (Children’s Institute)
14:30 – 14:45 The impact on maternal, child and adolescent mental health – Anusha Lachman (Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch)
14:45 – 15:05 Panel discussion on supporting children during crisis with presenters
15:15 – 16:00 Facilitator: Maylene Shung-King ; University of Cape Town
15:15 – 15:30 The impact on education, health, care, protection and nutrition – Noncedo Madubedube (Equal Education)
15:30 – 15:45 Return to school: tensions between science and on the ground experiences – Mignon McCullough (South African Paediatrics Association)
15:45 – 16:00 Interactive Q & A

Day 2: Thursday, 26 November 2020

9:00 – 11:00 Session 1: Reclaiming child health (0-18 years)
9:00 – 10:00 Food and Nutrition Response for Children – Facilitator: Gilbert Tshitaudzi; Unicef
9:00 – 9:15 Food and Nutrition response for children during COVID – Wanga Zembe (South African Medical Research Council)
9:15 – 9:30 Dietary changes pre-COVID and during COVID among children in North West province – Mieke Faber (South African Medical Research Council; North West University)
9:30 – 10:00 Moderated panel discussion on child-focused food systems
(Panellists: Thulani Masilela (Presidency), Wanga Zembe (MRC), Civil Society (TBC)– Chantell Witten (University of the Free State)
10:00 – 11:00 Immunization – Facilitator: Haroon Saloojee; University of the Witwatersrand
10:00 – 10:15 Immunisation services during Covid-19 – Ntombi Mazibuko (ex National Department of Health)
10:15 – 10:30 The National EPI survey 2019 – Portia Mutevedzi (MRC Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit)
10:30 – 11:00 Facilitated panel discussion: Improving immunisation coverage in South Africa
Panellists: Shabir Madhi (National Advisory Group on Immunisation), Ntombi Mazibuko (ex NDoH), Rudzani Muloiwa (Vaccines for Africa), Simon Strachan (Paediatrician in private practice)
14:00 -16:00 Session 2: Re-imagining child health service delivery
14:00 – 15:00 Facilitator: Wiedaad Slemming; University of the Witwatersrand
14:00 – 14:30 The older child and adolescent – Neil McKerrow (Paediatrics and Child Health, KZN; CoMMiC)
14:30 – 15:00 Long-term health conditions – Tony Westwood (University of Cape Town)
15:00 – 16:00 Moderated discussion: Preparing for the next COVID – Haroon Saloojee (University of the Witwatersrand)
Panellists: Neil McKerrow (CoMMiC), Lesley Bamford (National Department of Health), Jenny Nash (Family Medicine, Eastern Cape)

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