Health and Wellbeing of Street Children and Youth

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Key Points
- Maintaining physical and mental health and wellbeing is challenging for street children and youth given the inherent risks of their street contexts.
- Physical illnesses include the effects of eating poor quality food, drinking, bathing and cooking with dirty water and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Lack of free healthcare, discrimination by healthcare workers, and poor education contribute to inconsistent or non-existent access to medical treatment.
- Alcohol and drug abuse are common in all three cities, used as both a ‘treatment’ and as a coping strategy.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBriefing Paper
Media of outputOnline
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameGrowing up on the Streets: Briefing Papers


  • Gender
  • Health
  • Resilience
  • Social Networks
  • Stigmatisation
  • Substance Use
  • Violence

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    • 2 Other contribution
    • 1 Commissioned report

    Africa Consultation Report for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment on Children in Street Situations

    Turgut, N., van Blerk, L., Shand, W., Shanahan, P., Hunter, J., Gbeglo, S., d’Aquin Rubambura, T. & Chitsiku, S., 2016, University of Dundee. 29 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
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    Methodology: Longitudinal, Participatory Research with Street Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa

    van Blerk, L., Shand, W. & Shanahan, P., Mar 2014, 4 p. StreetInvest.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
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    Research Principles and Conceptual Framework

    van Blerk, L., Shand, W. & Shanahan, P., Jan 2014, 4 p. England : StreetInvest.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • 17 Downloads (Pure)


    2017 Stephen Fry Awards Public: Engagement Project of the Year

    van Blerk, Lorraine (Recipient), Wayne Shand (Recipient) & Hunter, Janine (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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