Grant for child abuse prevention in South Africa and Malawi, 2011 (WHO)

Duration: 2011

Budget: 150.000 euros

Child abuse still occurs far too often around the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) puts this theme high on the agenda of national governments worldwide. By doing so, it wants to raise awareness and increase the governments’ capacity to tackle this problem.

Duration and budget

In 2011, the Government of Flanders donated 150,000 euros towards the implementation of this project.

Problem definition

Worldwide, over 150 million girls and 73 million boys, aged under 18, are victim of sexual violence. After research, the WHO concluded that most of the initiatives designed to prevent this problem, didn’t seem to have much effect. An elaborated and supported prevention policy on child abuse is a very important goal for governments who want their population to be healthy.

Practical implementation

This initiative builds upon an older project on child abuse, which was subsidised by the Government of Flanders. Through the creation of country reports, the situation on child abuse in Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa was mapped out. These reports made it possible for recommendations to be written out. The current project continues on these recommendations and this in the first place in South Africa and Malawi.

A national comity for the prevention of child abuse was created in Malawi and South Africa. The comity consists of highly placed representatives of government services, NGOs and UN agencies involved in the subject. Their task is to get the problem of child abuse higher on the agenda by sensitizing policy makers. In South Africa and Malawi, the WHO is trying to develop the capacity of local authorities, NGOs and the involved UN agencies. Finally, a design strategy for the prevention of child abuse will be created in these two countries.


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