SECTION27 is a founding member of the Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC), a coalition of over 25 organisations that was set up in 2013 in an effort to address the debilitating healthy crisis in the province. SECTION27 plays an ongoing and central role in research, community mobilisation, government engagement and preparation for possible legal action in the event of lack of action. The organisation is also involved in constitutional literacy in the province.
SECTION27 has been involved the struggle to improve the state of health care in the Free State province since 2008 when the provincial government instituted a moratorium on essential medicines. During the period 2008-2009, the HIV Clinicians Society conservatively estimates that about 30 people died every day due to their inability to access ART in the province. The organisation continues to act for the TAC, Community Healthcare Workers and patients in the province and fight against corruption, maladministration and other ills bedevilling the health sector.
SECTION27’s national office is located in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The organisation has worked on issues of sexual violence in schools, language policies in schools, improving the health sector and on the right to food in the province.
SECTION27 has been working with health workers, educators, a disabled people’s community-based organisation, Siphilisa Isizwe, in the Manguzi district with the goal of promoting and fulfilling the rights of disabled people to access health services and quality education. SECTION27 works closely with other organisations in the province and the South African Police Service to create awareness about sexual violence in schools.
SECTION27 has played a key role in exposing the textbook fiasco in Limpopo and has continued to work closely with schools and communities in the province’s Vhembe and Mopani districts, monitoring delivery of not only textbooks, but furniture, food, teachers, transport, infrastructure and more specifically toilets. Our end goal is to play a role in establishing quality basic education facilities for learners of this northern province. SECTION27 has a field researcher located in Giyani, who serves as a focal point.
The Gert Sibande district has the country’s highest recorded HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women, at 46% and rising. Since 2012 it has been designated as a National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot district and SECTION27 has played a role in establishing systems to monitor the roll-our of NHI. The organisation has a field researcher based in Ermelo who works on community campaigns and mobilisation for health system improvement.
SECTION27 has worked on improving scholar transport in the North West province, with a specific focus on schools in Brits and Rustenburg. The organisation has also assisted striking mine workers in the province during the Lonmin strike, which saw 44 murders, countless injuries and families suffering from hunger.
SECTION27 has recently started working in the Northern Cape. The organisation works on right to health and the right to education issues in the province.
Parliament sits in Cape Town and this is where SECTION27 shares an office with the Treatment Action Campaign’s Policy, Communication and Research department. Staff members who co-ordinate the Budget and Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF), as well as the NSP Review publication work from this office. The NSP Review is a publication aimed at providing critical analysis of the National Strategic Plan (NSP), monitoring of its implementation, and promoting awareness and education.