Researchers from various universities have proposed a pregnancy grant for South African mothers, particularly those facing income poverty.
Social security expert Professor Alex van Den Heever explains the importance of a pregnancy grant and responds to critics.
The absence of adequate income becomes a barrier to a number of protective requirements during pregnancy.— Professor Alex van Den Heever, Chair of Scocial Security Systems Administration and Management Studies at Wits
He says the grant may help reduce early infant mortality, among other social benefits.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why SA should have a pregnancy grant for vulnerable mothers