one million young children suffer – when will South Africa start implementing its palliative care policy for children?

Today is World Children’s Day: on this day, 31 years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC is a legally binding international agreement that sets out the rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities. In celebration of this year’s World Children’s Day, UNICEF calls on people, organizations and buildings to ‘turn blue’ to show their support for children’s rights.

Earlier this week, Mark Heywood explained in his Tuesday editorial how 2020 was ‘the year of children’s broken dreams’.

He begins by asking readers to think back to our childhoods and remember how the world felt for us. He reminds us how thoughts in childhood reinforce emotions and how life can be stressful and traumatic for children, especially because they do not have the language to explain and understand what they are experiencing. Regarding the current pandemic, although children have been largely spared from the Covid-19 disease, it has a terrible and unqualified …


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