In addition to other social impact investments made in the past years, in 2018 the CEO of Nedbank, Mike Brown, announced at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 that the company would invest an additional R5 million per year, for the next three years, towards Nedbank’s #VaxTheNation programme. “At Nedbank, we believe that no child should die simply because they lack access to vaccinations,” Brown said.
Nedbank partnered with the NMFC (Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund) in 2005 to amplify the foundation’s vision of giving every child in South Africa a chance at a thriving life regardless of their race, gender, class, and religion. Among the NMFC’s various initiatives is the Child Survival and Development programme, which works towards ensuring that more is done besides vaccinating children so that they can live beyond their first 1,000 days.
The Child Survival and Development programme works with on-the-ground partners like Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU) to find out why the mortality rate among children is so high. The programme is active in several areas around the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and North West provinces, and provides antenatal support to help pregnant mothers better take care of themselves. The support includes bimonthly home visits by health care workers who give classes on various topics like maintaining emotional health and baby proofing homes to make sure that children are safe.
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