Stop the Rush: Civil Society Organisations call for proper consideration of public comments on NHI Bill

We call on Cabinet to send the NHI Bill back to the Department of Health and to require a proper and thorough consultation process and consideration of options available for improvement of access to and quality of health care services in the country. The health of the nation is not a political game.


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SECTION27 Board Appoints New Executive Director

The Board of SECTION27 is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Umunyana Rugege as the new Executive Director of SECTION27, effective 1 January 2019. Umunyana currently holds the position of Deputy Director.


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Budget Justice Coalition post-MTBPS Press Statement: No winners from Minister Mboweni’s #MTBPS2018 address

The country faces continued underfunding of social sectors, especially health, education and social development. Although a useful scapegoat in the face of Treasury’s dearth of new ideas, the public sector wage that is not the cause of our problems.


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WIPO conference an insult to people who died of AIDS

We urge the South African government, and all other governments, to place respect for human life and the right to healthcare services ahead of the WIPO agenda that prioritises the enforcement of IP held by multinational companies.


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The fundamental barriers to access to medicine remain

Eighteen years after the Durban conference, government efforts to increase medicine access – beyond HIV treatments – have been excruciatingly slow.  Though ARVs are now widely available, many more shocking cases of injustice in access to essential medicines remain.


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Our Week Ahead 1 – 5 October 2018

“Male privilege and entitlement are dying a very painful death; no one gives up power without a struggle.” Gloria Allred, American women’s rights attorney notable for taking high-profile ad often controversial cases, particularly those involving the…


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What is missing from the United Nations Political Declaration on Tuberculosis

“Collectively we have failed to respond effectively to TB, because it mainly affects poor people including criminalised and marginalised communities such as people who use drugs, prisoners and their communities


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Civil Society voice concern over Health Ombud’s treatment of whistle-blower

We are concerned that the findings against Dr Sukeri and the focus on those findings in the Ombud’s report and presentation thereof will significantly hinder other health care professionals from coming forward to speak out about their concerns…


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SECTION27, TAC launch new treatment access history

On the 26th of July at the International AIDS conference, hosted in the Netherlands, SECTION27 and the Treatment action campaign (TAC)  launched a new publication documenting the history of the access to medicines movement in South Africa.


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Launch of the SAFE initiative: Proof will be in the pudding

The DBE’s approach to issues of school sanitation and infrastructure more broadly have been far more obstructive than the SAFE Initiative might suggest. The difficulties of unsafe school sanitation are not new. Together with community-based organisation Basic Education for All (BEFA), SECTION27 has consistently raised the challenges with the DBE as far back as 2012. In this time we have seen no real urgency or political will to mitigate this emergency. And we have seen the urgency of the situation intensify.


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Tree School case goes to court

The application seeks to ensure that the learners of Makangwane School are taught in safe and adequate school facilities before 17 July 2018, which is when the third school term begins.


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Ongoing delays in the Health Market Inquiry impacts right to health

The findings and recommendations of the HMI are critical to the public debate on the National Health Insurance and the Medical Schemes Bills, and thus it is critical that these findings are made public as a matter of urgency. 


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Week Ahead 18 – 22 June 2018

In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.


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SECTION27 condemns protests that violate the rights of vulnerable people

We call on national trade union leaders, from COSATU, SAFTU, FEDUSA and NACTU as well as religious leaders to step in to help resolve this ongoing crisis and assist in urgently restoring healthcare services in the province.
Lives are being lost. This is an emergency.


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Judge GC Muller ruling on SECTION27 application for leave to appeal

5 June 2018, Johannesburg – SECTION27, representing the Komape family notes the ruling of Judge GC Muller in the Limpopo High Court in respect of the application for leave to appeal in the Michael Komape trial. 


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Silence over ambulance ‘strike’ in Eastern Cape

ECHCAC calls on the provincial and national health departments to urgently intervene before any more lives are lost. The Coalition urges the departments to act swiftly to avoid the situation degenerating to the state which occurred in the North


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SECTION27 statement on recent sexual harassment allegations

We further support swift disciplinary processes that prioritise the safety of staff and which seek to ensure that predatory behaviour is dealt with immediately and in terms of the due processes of the law.


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