+ The right to health

SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign welcome the increased budget for health

SECTION27 and the TAC welcome the proposed increases in health expenditure outlined in the budget tabled by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan on 23 February 2011. In particular, we welcome the Minister’s commitment to significant investment in strengthening the public health sector.

However, we are concerned that the additional R11 billion available for 2011/12 will not necessarily translate into improvements in the delivery of health care services in the absence of a reasonable plan to address endemic and systemic problems with budgeting and expenditure within health departments at all spheres of government.

Judgment reaffirms rights of people with HIV to non-discrimination in employment

SECTION27 welcomes the judgment handed down by Judge Bhoola today in the Labour Court in the case of Gary Shane Allpass v Mooikloof Estates (Pty) Ltd.

The case concerns the unfair dismissal in 2008 of a horse riding instructor on the grounds of his HIV status. The ruling follows the institution of legal proceedings on behalf of Mr Allpass by Webber Wentzel Attorneys, with the assistance of SECTION27. In her judgment, Judge Bhoola noted that “this court is indebted to the AIDS Law Project for its assistance.” SECTION27 incorporates the AIDS Law Project.

SECTION27, TAC, YN, EE, welcomes HCT for teens but cautions on approach

We support implementation of a programme of HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) for Teens … but proper planning and protection of human rights of learners is essential.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), The Yezingane Network (YN) , Equal Education and SECTION27 welcome the Department of Health’s plans to extend HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign to children 12 years and older.

What we know about AIDS

What we know about AIDS explains the essential science of HIV succinctly and clearly. It was originally published as a chapter in Debunking Delusions by Nathan Geffen. With the permission of the author, Nathan Geffen, and the book’s publisher, Jacana, aidstruth.org has released this chapter under the Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Report on investigation into infant deaths at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital released

SECTION27 welcomes the release of the report on the investigation into the tragic deaths of six infants on 18 May 2010 at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital (“the Hospital”) in Johannesburg. The report raises serious concerns about the extent to which the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development (“the Department”) adheres to norms and standards related to human resources, and the consequent overcrowding in public health facilities in the province.