Sireletsa Bana

Increasing access to quality health and nutrition services for children under five.
Save the Children South Africa through the support of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have implemented a Child Health and Nutrition project called ‘Sireletsa Bana’ - a Sesotho phrase meaning  “Protecting the Children” to increase access to quality health and nutrition services for children under five with an overall objective to contribute towards Universal Health Coverage and health system strengthening in South Africa from July 2016 to December 2020.

The primary goal of Sireletsa Bana was to contribute to a reduction in the prevalence of morbidity and mortality among children under the age of five living in the two provinces in South Africa by 2020. The four years project was implemented in Limpopo province in the Capricorn District in Polokwane and Blouberg local municipalities as well as the Free State province in the Thabo Mofutsanyane District in Maluti-a-Phofung local municipality.


Sireletsa Bana in action 



Successes 
  • The project built  the capacity of 628 frontline healthcare workers, including professional nurses and community health workers;
  •  1194 Early Childhood Care and Development practitioners improving the quality of and access to essential child health services;
  • and 15 850 parents and primary care givers reaching 33 788 children under five years old living in the Limpopo and Free State Provinces in South Africa by 2020.