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Government Departments: Basic Education, Health and Social Development

The Government of South Africa sees proper nutrition and diet, especially for children, as essential for sound physical and mental health and development. The National Development Plan (Vision 2030) therefore recommends proper child nutrition and helping families break the cycle of poverty as essential to eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030.


SA Military Health Service

The SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) is one of the components of the SA National Defence Force. It is mandated to provide a healthy military community; that includes uniformed members, their dependents and other eligible for care by the SAMHS. Our core service is healthcare. We compliment the SANDF (Army, Air Force and Navy) as we ensure that our soldiers are combat ready, e.g. from recruitment, we are responsible for Psychometric tests, Continuous Health Assessments, pre and post deployment care etc. This is where our slogan comes from; "Health Warriors Serving the Brave". It is under the leadership of the Surgeon General, Lieutenant General Z. W. S. Dabula.

The Nutrition Society of South Africa

The Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA) strives to advance the scientific study of nutrition to promote appropriate strategies for the improvement of nutritional well-being. We aim to enable people to make informed decisions about their diet, putting science at the centre of sound nutrition.



Established in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child. Together with itspartners, UNICEF translates the commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. With the onset of democracy in 1994, UNICEF opened its office in Pretoria and continues its work towards bettering the lives of all children in South Africa, specifically in the fields of education, health and child protection.

The Country Office engages with a range of partners in government, civil society, academia and various other sectors to create a safer and healthier environment for every child. Through the support of both individual and corporate donors, UNICEF is able to undertake its work, both globally and in South Africa.


Grow Great

Grow Great is a campaign that aims to mobilise all South Africans towards national commitment to zero stunting by 2030.


The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa

The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSF), a non-profit organisation, plays a leading role in the fight against preventable heart disease and stroke, with the aim of seeing fewer South Africans suffer premature deaths and disabilities. Their mission is to encourage prevention at all levels, empower South Africans to adopt healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices easier. They provide information and support to build healthy communities, advocate at all levels to minimise South Africans’ risk of developing heart disease and stroke, and support research for improved tools and methods of CVD prevention.


The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa

The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is an industry association that represents Retail and Manufacturing member companies in a sector that is one of the largest sources of employment in South Africa. At the core of CGCSA’s purpose lies our vision, which is to become leading Consumer Goods industry platform for advocacy, collaboration and best practice in Africa. In an ever-changing environment that is increasingly impacted by regulatory requirements, risk management capabilities and the pursuit of standardized operational solutions that enable members to trade better, CGCSA is uniquely placed to give members confidence in value chain transparency.

We offer global standards that enable organisations to identify, capture and share information smoothly; expertise in food labelling, food safety and food waste best practice; sustainability & regulatory advisory as well as crime risk management and skills development and training, making us able to support, advocate for and advise organisations in the Retail and Manufacturing sectors at every stage of the value chain, from farm to fork.

We help members trade better and build sustainable businesses through:

  • Advocacy, lobbying, engagement and collaboration on non-competitive industry matters;
  • Sharing best practice standards;
  • Focused regulatory and advisory services;
  • Providing access to our hub of valuable industry insights and;
  • Ensuring alignment with global Sustainable Development Goals and the National Development Plan.


ADSA, the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, represents, develops and promotes the continued growth of the dietetic profession in South Africa. In line with their slogan "It's all about nutrition" they are always working towards achieving optimal nutrition for all South Africans. To find a dietitian in your area, go to



CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research (more than R12 million spent annually) and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.

Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support and organisational management; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support.

We also supply patient care and support in the form of 11 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients; a Wellness Centre based in Polokwane; and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.



Side-by-Side is the early childhood development campaign of the Child, Youth and School Health Directorate at the National Department of Health. Its goal is to ensure that all children receive the nurturing care they need to survive and thrive – nutrition, stimulation and responsive care, protection from disease and injury, healthcare and extra care. The campaign is aimed at caregivers of children under 5 and pregnant women. The campaign’s central tool is the Road to Health book (RTHB) the immunisation, growth and health record of the child. Additional campaign communication channels are a weekly public radio drama series and questions and answers segment reaching up to 4.3million people each week, printed information communication materials, Facebook and community information sharing events.

The Side-by-Side campaign was officially launched in March 2019 by the minister of Health following its adoption as the official child health communications campaign in 2018. The campaigns thinking is informed by scalable SBCC interventions to facilitate high-quality information and dissemination to improve, awareness, create demand and ensure access to quality service delivery for all.


Digital Medic

Digital MEdIC is an initiative of the Stanford Centre for Health Education, established in 2015. We believe that through improved health education there will be improved health outcomes. The digital revolution has enabled us to reach learners in remote areas of the world, and equip them with basic health knowledge that can save and improve lives. We use a community-based, human-centered design approach to yield a new generation of interventions, better aligned with the needs and contexts of target communities. We tell stories, we provide rich medical illustrations, and we create localized learning experiences that connect with our learners. Our content can be easily adapted for use across diverse geographies, ethnicities and languages.

Our team, based in Cape Town and California, work together to create content for frontline health workers and the populations they serve. We collaborate with local stakeholders who disseminate the content, the community members who consume it, and with researchers who help us improve and scale our impact.