Page 9, 4th June 1937

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Locations: Seville


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Child Welfare Centre in Seville

The go-ahead measures now being put into force in Nationalist Spain to establish a thorough and successful social programme were plainly evident to me during a tour in Nationalist territory, writes our Special Correspondent, who is in France for a few days.

Of particular interest are the measures being taken to cater for children. It is a tremendous thing to realise that in spite of the fact that everyone is helping in one way of another in the war, time can still be found to make a real study of child welfare.

An instance of such work is provided by a society in Seville which styles itself " La Junta Sevillana Pot Infancia and co-operates closely with the municipal government.

No Fuss It is described in the paper Falange Espanola as a society that aims to do the maximum work with the minimum fuss. It was founded on the initiative of the Mayor, and has a gigantic task in looking after all the children made destitute by the war.

The society bases its work on the belief that a healthy race can only be forged by a well directed scheme of child welfare. Intensive research is at present being made, therefore, into such scourges as tuberculosis and the causes of infant mortality.

All other sOcieties have now been amalgamated in the "Junta." Each one supplies a competent representative who takes the lead from a central council so that the work of the society may expand along well tried lines, the result of careful investigation by experienced members in such work.

The most recent improvement in organisation is the establishment of lane holiday camps. almost equivalent to farms, where the children can be more easily fed and educated than if they lived in towns.

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