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30 May 2010

Poor healthcare, more orphans

Accessing public health services for children with special needs in poor communities is extremely difficult in South Africa.

Two small boys play quietly on a jungle gym, some distance away from other children. The six-year-old twins, who live at the Masigcine children's centre in Mfuleni township, 35km out of Cape Town, are severely traumatised from being orphaned at the age of one and have difficulty relating to their peers.

The number of orphans has risen by 4.9% since 2005. "This is a significant increase, which will reduce the quality of life of these children,” said HSRC research specialist Nompumelelo Zungu.

 
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