Birth to Twenty
"Research that makes a difference"
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF RESEARCH
For seven weeks between March and June, following Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990, 3273 children were born in the metropolitan area of Johannesburg-Soweto and enrolled into a long-term birth cohort study that will follow them and their families for the next 20 years.
Birth to Twenty, colloquially nicknamed Mandela's Children, is the largest and longest running study of child and adolescent health and development in Africa, and one of the few large-scale longitudinal studies in the world.