Monthly Archives: June 2010

Concerns regarding Indian trade negotiations with EU

Letter to the High Commissioner for India to South Africa: Our concerns regarding Indian trade negotiations with EU.
This letter explains that the prospect of making new ARVs available in South Africa at affordable prices is under threat because of events unfolding in India. In particular, pressure is being applied by the European Union on the Indian government to sign a bilateral trade agreement that will stifle competition on essential medicines still under patent.

Job Advert: Assistant and Researcher to the Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign

Organisation: SECTION27, incorporating the AIDS Law Project

Job title: Assistant and Researcher to the Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign

Location: Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dynamic young person passionate about social justice needed to assist in the office of the Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign as assistant and researcher.

Call on US government to fund AIDS and health

On 17 June 2010, about 2,000 people representing 16 organisations marched to the United States (US) consulate in Sandton, Johannesburg, to demand that the US leads the way in funding universal access to antiretroviral treatment.

ILO conference adopts unprecedented new international labour standard on HIV and AIDS

GENEVA (ILO News) – Governments, employers and workers meeting at the annual conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) today adopted a new international labour standard on HIV and AIDS (pdf 1597KB) – the first international human rights instrument to focus specifically on the issue in the world of work.

Current OSD offer still disadvantages rural communities

The Rural Health Advocacy Project, Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, SECTION27 and Wits Centre for Rural Health support SAMA’s rejection of the final OSD offer to public sector doctors. By accepting the Government’s OSD offer, collective labour in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council will be contributing to a major setback in Government’s strides to achieve health for all. By offering only marginal increases to medical officers in particular, rural communities are likely to see a further exodus of rural doctors to urban areas, the private sector, and overseas.
Rural patients are disadvantaged in many ways: poverty levels are higher, access to basic services and education is poor, travel to health facilities is costly, facilities are understaffed and waiting times are out of control; now they can expect even fewer doctors to attend to their needs.