Many child rights advocates in Africa are now pushing to have the child help line implemented across the continent. They say that Africa’s children are benefiting from the ability to report abuse and neglect directly to government authorities and in many instances receive the counselling that they need.
Nenita la Rose, the Executive Director of Child Helpline International, said that these toll free lines have received around 1.6 million calls from African children since 2009.
“We are now pushing for Africa wide usage of this free service which enables children to report incidences of abuse and neglect to government authorities.” So far countries which offer this service include Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Guinea and Senegal.