Week ahead

28 May – 1 June

“If I had a girl child, I would tell her that there is nothing wrong with your cycle, there is nothing dirty about it. If you’re not in too much pain, it is a time to enjoy your body. It is a time to feel what it is to be a woman.” Zolani Mahola, musician, FreshlyGround.

Monday 28 May 2018

28 May is global menstrual hygiene day. #NoMoreLimits. http://menstrualhygieneday.org/

Executive Director Mark Heywood will attend a meeting at the Wits School of Clinical Medicine (Wits) to discuss service delivery protests at Hospitals and how this affects patient care.

He will also attend a workshop at Corruption Watch on corruption in the health sector.

28 – 31 May 2018

The SECTION27 health team will host an internal training workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) which will cover legislative framework for SRHR, HIV science, sexual violence and advocacy tools. The workshop will be attended by members of staff and National Strategic Plan co-ordinators from Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Tuesday 29 May 2018

SECTION27 will again be representing Ndlovu Care Group in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane in a matter concerning the transfer of 3 700 ARV patients into Limpopo government facilities. The matter concerns the Limpopo Department of Health’s termination of a contract with Ndlovu Care Group, the cancellation of which means the termination of services to the health care users. The termination of the contract will require the absorption of these health service users into the public health facilities in the Mouse area. The application was brought by health service users seeking an assurance of and plans for the continuation of quality health services, whether by Ndlovu Care Group or through public health facilities.

Thursday 31 May 2018

Head of Education Faranaaz Veriava will attend a meeting on the Department of Education’s Discrimination Protocol. The meeting aims to help the Department to define and draft the outline for the Discrimination Protocol in order to guide school leadership, learners and their parents when it comes to rights violations in the school.

Sasha Stevenson, our head of health, will be giving a lecture to University of Pretoria second year medical students on health care worker advocacy drawing on lessons learnt in the Life Esidimeni case.

Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha will be attending the Network Learning Discussion on Menstrual Health Rights. The discussion is hosted by South African Civil Society for Women’s Adolescents and Children (SACSoWACH) in collaboration with Sex Rights Africa Network. This will be a discussion on ways to advance sexual and reproductive health rights in relation to menstrual health.

Friday 1 June 2018

The SECTION27 Education Team will represent the Komape Family at the leave to appeal hearing in the Rosina Komape and others vs Minister of Education and others case to be heard at the Polokwane High Court.

A member of the SECTION27 education team will attend the African Principals Association Conference at the Birchwood conference centre. The topic of the talk is: “Ensuring access to a quality basic education for learners with physical disabilities: are we doing enough?”

In Spotlight this week, our publication produced in collaboration with the Treatment Action Campaign, we explore the role that Community Health Workers played in curbing a scabies outbreak on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2018/05/28/how-nomakhayas-beat-a-scabies-outbreak/

The week that was:

Adv. Adila Hassim, co-founder of SECTION27 and a member of the Thulamela Group of Advocates at the Johannesburg Bar has written about the broader lessons emanating from the Life Esidimeni case. Please take the time to read this important piece. https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2018-05-22-the-next-esidimeni-tragedy-lies-ahead/

Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) in May held a Public Service Reform Roundtable. This second-in-the-series discussion was called Through the Lens of Life Esidimeni. The panel featured Section27 Executive Director Mark Heywood, community psychiatrist Dr Lesley Robertson and PARI’s associate researcher, Sarah Meny-Gibert. Here is a link to the presentations delivered at the meeting. https://pari.org.za/lens-life-esidimeni-mark-heywood-makes-links/