Elena Moore, Director of FaSRU talks on the Thabiso Kotane show about the vulnerabilities of old age grant receiving households during the pandemic. She outlines the reasons for added burden that old age grant receiving households may face when Covid-19 enters the household. More importantly she recommends specific relief that the government should introduce to ensure the financial well-being of the household during the pandemic and recovery. Power FM Podcast on Old Age Grant Receiving Households and Covid-19
In a three-part series on the dynamics of Covid-19 on care and money within households, Professor Elena Moore unpacks thorny issues in intergenerational relationships, responsibilities and obligations. She outlines care-giving and financial challenges families face. This first article looks specifically at challenges in old age grant-receiving households. The second article examines the challenges that are faced in multi-generational households headed by women in employment. The third article looks more broadly at the family dynamics and challenges that are arising more broadly in multi-generational household. The series argues that different households will face unique challenges and that government support needs to include a wider range of relief at the household level to cater for the range of challenges that are experienced. Whilst supporting a broader call for an increase in child support grants and household relief more broadly, Elena recommends relief specifically for old age grant receiving households.
With 1.5 billion children now out of school - nearly 91% of all enrolled children in the world – parents and carers across the globe are rapidly coming to terms with the challenges of parenting in the time of COVID-19. Parenting is made harder by uncertainty, stress and economic hardship.
We, Accelerate Hub, together with Parenting for Lifelong Health, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other international partners have produced a set of 6 one-page tips for parents which cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. These downloadable tips, also available on the World Health Organization and UNICEF websites, contain great advice condensed from the non-commercial and evidence-based Parenting for Lifelong Health parenting programmes.
The COVID-19 Parenting tips are currently being translated into 70 languages. 49 languages are available here on covid19parenting.com with new languages added daily. Please share these tips with those who might find them helpful.
News 24: OPINION: Fear and policing in the time of COVID-19 A major area of concern is that the oversight bodies that were created in the 1990s in an effort to protect South Africans from abuses by the security forces are overwhelmed, understaffed or are not operating due to the lockdown, writes Guy Lamb.