Recent studies have shown that more than 6 out of 10 children face extreme poverty in South Africa. Worse still, the effects of extreme poverty on children will have life-long consequences. In this episode of Mzansi Edge “ECD Talks” with Kopano Mabaso (Executive Director of GrowGreat) we explore the levels of stunting within South Africa post Covid-19 and the long term impact this has on the future of our country if prevention methods are missing.
ABOUT KOPANO MABASO
Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso is the Executive Director of the Grow Great Campaign. Kopano is a medical doctor by training, with a special interest in public health. She is a Rhodes Scholar and an alumnus of the University of Oxford where she gained both her Masters in Global Health Science and DPhil (PhD) in Population Health. Kopano has received a number of accolades for her work as a social entrepreneur, including the first ever Aspen Idea Award, Aspen New Voices Fellowship and Tutu Fellowship.
Kopano is also an award winning novelist and her three novels have been published in a number of languages across the world. She is inspired by the resilience of South Africa’s people and motivated by the promise that lies for our country and continent in a stunting free future, where no child is unjustly denied the opportunity to reach their full potential.