Just returned from another research trip to South Africa in Oct.

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Time for some status updates from NDA.

We’ve just spent another month in South Africa to meet with Women on Farms Project. This also means that the first location for the start up of our project have been chosen.

We have decided to start our work in Rawsonville, a small wine growing and farming community in the Breede River Valley of the Western Cape province.

The teenage pregnancy figure in this area is above the national norm and is climbing. Low birth weight figures remain unacceptably high across the district and there is an urgent need to address serious health issues related to alcohol and drug abuse. The Western Cape has the highest reported rate of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world, which is growth, mental, and physical problems that may occur in a baby when a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.

Likewise, the incidence of HIV, AIDS and TB are unacceptable high and poses a serious threat to the health of mother and child.
Besides that, Women on Farms Project reports concerns about the rights and future prospects of the young women in this area.More on this will follow on your new website – coming out very soon. So please keep updated on our site.The trip to South Africa was also spent on the administrative part of starting up the clothing store in Cape Town. And things are slowly, but surely heading the right way. Getting the right permissions take time, but we now have people working for us on this subject in South Africa.

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