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Wits scientists launch book about Africa’s largest and longest running birth cohort

- City Press

The study tracks the lives of 3 000 people born in South Africa in the early 1990s and affectionately known as "Mandela's Children".

Over half of the women who had been part of Africa’s largest and longest-running birth cohort study felt overwhelmed by debt and reported intimate partner violence and depression compared to their mothers.

This has been revealed in a book titled Birth to Thirty: A Study as Ambitious as the Country we Wanted to Create written by Professor Linda Richter, director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Richter, one of the founders of the Bt30 study as it is known, launched the book on Friday for the academics at the Origins Centre in Wits and on Saturday, hosted an event to thank the participants at Jabulani Sports Complex in Soweto.

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