The National Health Act (NHA) is arguably the most important Act passed by Parliament to give effect to the right of everyone to have access to health care services.  This right is guaranteed by section 27 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, which places express obligations on the state to progressively realise socio-economic rights, including access to health care.

This booklet aims to make the NHA easily available and accessible to the public generally.  It is hoped that by putting the text of the NHA into the hands of people in communities and organisations, they can start to mobilise to demand full implementation of the rights under the NHA and under the Constitution.

Printed copies are available from the AIDS Law Project for R90.