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 and the TAC have released a statement highlighting recent improprieties by pharmaceutical companies and calling for more vigilance from all stakeholders in ensuring that we meet the goals of the National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS, TB and STIs.
On Monday, 4 March 2013, SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) launched the “Monitoring Our Health Report”. SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) spent the past year interviewing and corresponding with doctors, nurses and patients who are at…
SECTION27 recently provided comments on the National Health Amendment Bill, B24 – 2011, to the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Health. Polity’s Chanel de Bruyn interviewed SECTION27 attorney Umunyana Rugege about the submission. To view the interview or download the submission click “Read more” below.
US, UK & Australia have to maintain Global Fund support to avert crisis
JOHANNESBURG, 22 March – Today over 1,000 southern African activists from a coalition of organisations take to the streets of Johannesburg in a march to demand key international donors lead an urgent response to plug a US$2 billion treatment funding gap, so that countries across Africa can scale up their HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria programmes and avert countless unnecessary deaths.
– New science presented in 2011 (HPTN 052 study) shows that ART not only save lives, but also prevents new HIV infections. Putting people on treatment earlier therefore reduces their chances of infecting others by up to 96%. This heads off not only the spread of the HIV epidemic, but also a looming resurgence in TB and drug-resistant TB.
– Up to 70% of TB patients in southern Africa are also infected with HIV.
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