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Street children in South Africa are, in the main, between the ages of 11 and 17 years. Rape, prostitution, sexual bartering and exchange, casual sex and romantic sexual relationships all occur in the experiences of young people who live and work on inner-city streets. In this study, the AIDS-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of 141 street youth,(More)
The cognitive and behavioural effects of a school breakfast were explored in a study of 55 children in Grade II and Standard 1 at a farm school outside Johannesburg. A previous study had confirmed widespread undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies among the children. For comparative purposes, 55 children at an inner-city school, among whom no signs of(More)
BACKGROUND A birth cohort study, the Birth to Ten (BTT) study, commenced in the greater Johannesburg/Soweto metropole in South Africa in 1990. The overall BTT project collected antenatal, birth and early development information on these children as well as information that could help identify factors related to the emergence of risk of cardiovascular(More)
Birth to Ten is a longitudinal birth cohort study which began in April 1990 in the Johannesburg/Soweto area of Transvaal, South Africa. In this paper, the reason for the initiation of the study and its location in the current sociopolitical context is discussed. The health status of South Africa children in terms of infant mortality, morbidity (notifiable(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the accuracy of birth notification data collected during Birth to Ten, a longitudinal birth cohort study based in the Soweto-Johannesburg Metropole. Photocopies of birth notification forms were obtained from three local health authorities (Soweto, Diepmeadow and Johannesburg) for 5 448 of the 5 460 singleton(More)
141 males aged 11-18 years (mean age, 15 years), 79 of whom were enrolled in shelter programs and the remainder living independently on the streets, participated in 14 focus group discussions held in Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, East London, Cape Town, Durban, and Bloemfontein, South Africa. The discussions focused upon knowledge about(More)
This study examined the reliability of hand written and computerised records of birth data collected during the Birth to Ten study at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. The reliability of record-keeping in hand-written obstetric and neonatal files was assessed by comparing duplicate records of six different variables abstracted from six different sections in(More)