Keeping an accurate record of a young child's treatment is critical to their overall health. That's why South Africans have the Road to Health. The book – issued at birth – provides a means for health workers to record and monitor a child's growth, development and clinical care including immunisations, Vitamin A supplementation, deworming, PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV), TB and HIV status, and any illness, treatment and hospital admissions. It also contains essential health promotion messages.
The South African Child Gauge is the only publication in the country that provides an annual snap-shot of the status of South Africa’s children It is published by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, to track South Africa’s progress towards realising children’s rights. The 2014 issue focuses on the theme 'Preventing violence against children - breaking the intergenerational cycle'.
South African Medical Research Council invests R40 million in eight critical areas of medical research. A total of eight research units as of April 2015. These units will be headed by researchers, each world renowned in their respective research fields, and based at various organisations and universities across South Africa.