Youth Day and Youth Month in South Africa is a day to honour the courage and sacrifice of the Soweto Uprising youth and celebrate all young people. 2021 Youth Day and Youth Month are celebrated under the theme:
“The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive and transformed society.”
It is estimated that youth, aged 18–34, makeup almost a third of the South African population and is referred to as the “youth bulge” which when harnessed, has the potential to allow for an increase in economic productivity – but the reality in South Africa is that this is dependent on that young people are healthy.
Currently, the burden of disease among the youth is high, with tuberculosis (TB) and HIV emerging as the leading causes of death among all youth in the country, along with violence and traffic accidents. Since 1995, South Africa has approved a range of laws, policies, and programmes to promote and address youth health and well-being; however poor implementation and the lack of a supportive environment is letting our youth down.
Clearly, youth health and well-being must be approached on multiple fronts and as their parents, mentors, healthcare workers, and leaders we have a role to play and can encourage and guide our youth to actively address their challenges enabling change.
CHIVA South Africa is passionate to be a part of this change and works with health facilities to improve the skills and knowledge of Government healthcare workers on the frontline. By building the capacity of healthcare workers, we support their efforts to achieve a long and healthy life for all children and adolescents wherever they live.
We encourage you to be a part of this change and select a cause that you are passionate about – whether it is education, employment, abuse, health, etc – and find a way to empower our youth to address their concerns in a meaningful way – no matter where they live.
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