SECTION27 staffers will represent the organisation at various local and international platforms covering all the areas of our work.

11 October 

Ntombi Maphosa and Thuthukile Mbatha will run a Community Health Worker (CHW) workshop in Msinga in rural KwaZulu-Natal. The workshop is aimed at informing CHWs about the policy and assisting them to organise as a District. This workshop will attended by CHWs from different areas under the UMzinyathi district.

12 October

Silomo Khumalo will attend the University of KwaZulu-Natal Disability Support Unit’s second annual disability support research indaba. This year’s indaba is themed “inclusivity in higher education: increasing access and participation for persons with disabilities”.

SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign will facilitate a National Strategic Plan indicators and advocacy training meeting for the Free State Civil Society Forum and sector representatives on 12 to 13 October. Over 80 participants will be trained in Bloemfontein. On Friday a special session will be facilitated for 22 civil society representatives focusing on the independent role of civil society within Aids Councils to ensure effective implementation of the provincial strategic plans and the need to have a stronger voice in engaging with collapsing health systems as civil society. This is in partnership with the M&E unit within the Provincial Council on the AIDS Secretariat.

13 October

Mark Heywood will attend the Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: Leveraging Progress, Seizing Opportunities Conference in Geneva on 13 – 14 October. He will participate on a plan titled: Task-Shifting for 90-90-90: Strategically Deploying Human Resources for Health. The conference is hosted by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The conference will be followed by the IAPAC 30 year anniversary celebration at which 150 friends and colleagues will be recognised along with the awarding of the 2016 Jonathan Mann Health Human Rights Award to Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD. Our own Mark Heywood will be recognised as one of the 150 friends who have contributed to the programmes of AIPAC over the years. Congratulations Mark!

Ngqabutho Mpofu will represent SECTION27 at the Asijiki AGM in Cape Town on 12 – 13 October. Asijiki is a coalition of sex workers, activists, advocates, supporters and experts advocating for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa.

14 October

Ngqabutho Mpofu will attend the community newspaper national conference on 14 – 15 October. SECTION27 has actively developed closer working relationships with community media over the past three years.