This page contains documents and other resources related to children's care in Africa. Browse resources by region, country, or category. Resources related particularly to North Africa can also be found on the Middle East and North Africa page.

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This video from REPSSI describes the difficulties of providing care services during the COVID-19 pandemic and how care workers can be supported during this time.

Anna Mutavati, Maniza Zaman, Demola Olajide - UN Sustainable Development Group,

This blog post from the UN Sustainable Development Group notes the rise in cases of gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against children (VAC) in Kenya, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and calls for immediate action to address this "shadow pandemic."

Mwanaidi Amiri, Francis F. Furia and Muhammad Bakari - Tropical Medicine and Health,

This study was carried out to determine the pattern of dermatological conditions and contributing factors among children living in orphanages in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Ephodia Sebola, Busisiwe Ntuli, Sphiwe Madiba - The Open Public Health Journal,

This study explored the parenting experiences of orphaned youth heading households in resource-constrainted environments.

African Child Policy Forum,

This call to action outlines several decisive and coordinated measures that all stakeholders are urged to take to ensure that children and families are protected from the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Nankie M. Ramabu - Heliyon,

This study sought to determine the needs of the general population of children in Botswana.

Alhassan Abdullah, Ebenezer Cudjoe, Esmeranda Manful - Child & Family Social Work,

There is little empirical evidence on how to improve the well‐being and safety of children in informal kinship care in Ghana. Thus, this study reports findings from in‐depth interviews with 15 young people, 18 to 23 years, from Banda—an ethnic group where informal kinship care is an accepted cultural practice.

Njeri Chege and Stephen Ucembe - Social Sciences,

This paper teases out the range of factors reinforcing Kenya’s over-reliance on live-in institutions as a child care and child protection model.


This presentation from REPSSI provides some guidance on how to care for babies and young children during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to tend to their health and development.

Emma Janet Campbell & Leon Holtzhausen - Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development,

The aim of this quantitative, inferential research was to investigate how working with vulnerable and abused children and families has an impact on child protection service workers in South Africa.