The Birth to Thirty (Bt30) study in Soweto is Africa’s largest and longest-running birth cohort study. It is colloquially nicknamed “Mandela’s Children” because the study started with children born just after Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The study intends to keep working with and tracking these families, whose lives span South Africa’s democratic transition. The first data collection round in 1989/1990 asked the still-pregnant mothers about the conditions of their pregnancy. Data was collected at birth and six months and then on a yearly basis, an enormous feat over 32-plus years.
This seminar was the fourth in a series of seven, sharing the research findings and lessons from this remarkable cohort study.
The data show just how mobile children are — moving between residences and schools. The webinar looked at factors related to child mobility and some of the consequences associated with it, for a better understanding of who moves and why.