SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. Our name is drawn from the section in the South African Constitution which enshrines everyone's right to health care, food, water and social security.
SECTION27 seeks a Legal Researcher to: undertake research on domestic and international law on the right to
health; write legal opinions on domestic and international obligations in respect to the right to health; publish
journal articles and popular research reports on the law and the right to health; work with local, regional and
international partners involved in advancing the right to health; and take responsibility for SECTION27’s role in
the Joint Action and Learning Initiative (JALI) on National and Global Responsibilities for Health.
We refer to our letter dated 21 June 2012, to which we have received no direct response.
In that letter we invited you to convene an urgent meeting of the relevant role players, including the signatories to this letter, to discuss a sustainable strategic plan to address the immediate and long-term systemic failures in the provision of the right to basic education.
SECTION27 has noted reports in today’s Times newspaper relating to the shortages in staff at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital (CMH) and reports of the shocking impact this is having on services in the hospital.
The reports depict the pain, suffering and risks that are plaguing our hospitals and clinics. They reflect the anguish of doctors and nurses. But the crisis at CMH is a manifestation of a far larger problem. It relates to inadequate budgeting processes and poor management within the Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH).
The National Portfolio Committee on Education is meeting this morning to discuss the catch-up plan developed by the National Department of Basic Education. The Portfolio Committee allegedly rejected the plan last week on the basis that it was inadequate and did not sufficiently address the prejudice suffered by learners due to the lack of textbooks for over half of the academic year.
A case coming before the Constitutional Court holds serious consequences for public health and the fight against TB in South Africa. South Africa has one of the highest incidence rates of TB in the world. TB is the leading cause of death in South Africa and has been for many years. HIV co-infection and the increasing prevalence of drug resistant TB add to the urgency of addressing the TB epidemic. Doing so should be a top priority of the state.