21 – 25 May
“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe” – Frantz Fanon
Monday 21 May
Executive Director Mark Heywood will be at the Health Law Project, an organisation established by Kelly Kropman and Sebastian Mansfield-Barry (formerly at the Centre for Child Law) and is focused exclusively on mental health systems affecting mental health care users and people with intellectual disabilities. The organisation is inspired by the work SECTION27 has done in the Esidimeni matter.
Budget Analyst Daniel McLaren will be in Cape Town on Monday and Tuesday for the inaugural face-to-face Secretariat Meeting of IMALI YETHU, a coalition of civil society organisations committed to opening government budgets and ensuring more public participation in the budget process.
Tuesday 22 May – Thursday 24 May
Field Researcher Sifiso Nkala will meet with the CEO of Ermelo hospital regarding a report of the poor treatment of a patient where it is alleged that the patient was discharged with a needle in her hand.
National Strategic Plan Review and Advocacy Officer Vovo Gonyela, will be amongst other African regional activists and advocates that will assemble in Johannesburg to shape a regional TB advocacy strategy in preparation for the upcoming UN High Level Meeting on TB. The meeting also seeks to increase participants’ awareness on TB treatment and vaccine literacy, universal health coverage (UHC) and community, rights and gender (CRG) in TB.
Wednesday 23 May
Daniel McLaren will be at an Operational Working Group Meeting of Vulekamali, a project by the South African National Treasury and Imali Yethu with the goal of making government budget data and processes accessible to all citizens & interested parties.
Thursday 24 May
SECTION27 will hold a legal advocacy discussion with various stakeholders in the sector to look at the options using the law to improve access to abortion services in South Africa. This discussion will inform any legal approaches to the issue and forms part of our sexual and reproductive health rights programme. This will take place at the SECTION27 boardroom at 14:00.
Friday 25 May
25 – 28 May: Vovo Gonyela will be attend the Tekano Fellowship course that will take place in Durban. The theme of the course module is Advocacy and leadership: Advancing projects for health equity (Module 5).