Increased morbidity and mortality due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa necessitates the examination of policies for the protection and support of school age children. At a colloquium held in Durban participants from government and non-government health and education sectors briefed delegates on key policies and programmes for promoting the health and mental health of school age children. Researchers gave evaluative accounts of the impacts of these measures and presented an overview of South African children’s health and mental health needs. In the discussions that followed four critical issues emerged: intersectoral collaboration, accountability, retraining middle management, and a more comprehensive strategy to support pupils and teachers infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
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