South Africa


The Young Health Programme partnership with UNICEF aims to catalyse a global advocacy movement led by young people for the promotion of healthier lifestyles. The focus is on raising awareness of key issues, empowering young people to advocate, and taking policy action to create meaningful and lasting change.

Good nutrition for good immunity campaign in schools

Together with the Ministry of Health and Department of Basic Education, UNICEF and its local partners launched a National Nutrition and National Obesity Week campaign in October 2020 with the theme 'Good Nutrition for Good Immunity.' The campaign encouraged young people to make healthier food choices and stay physically active to prevent NCDs and build up their immunity to fight communicable disease.  Video campaigns were created featuring South African celebrities Vuyo Dabula and Bonnie Mbuli as they exercised and cooked healthy meals, setting an example for young people throughout the country.

Campaign materials on good nutrition were distributed to 20,000 schools across all nine provinces. An additional 26,000 posters and infographics were distributed to 4,000 health facilities, spreading the message of healthy eating to young people, health workers and the general population.

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