Our week ahead 

 18- 22 March 2019

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, March 18

Members of the SECTION27 health team, Sasha Stevenson, Thuthukile Mbatha, Paul Wasswa and Nkululeko Conco are attending the National South African Workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Social Mobilisation in South Africa on 18 and 19 March 2019. They will also attend the SRHR Social Mobilisation Knowledge Exchange and Learning Conference on 20, 21 and 22 March 2019. Both the Workshop and Conference will be hosted by the Treatment Action Campaign, in partnership with the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) and SECTION27 at the Holiday Inn in Boksburg, Johannesburg.

Former Executive Director, Mark Heywood participated in the High Level National Stakeholder Meeting on Children with Serious Illnesses at the Children’s Memorial Institute where he spoke about the Constitutional imperative to provide palliative care for children with serious diseases.

Tuesday March 19

Head of Health Sasha Stevenson is attending a migrant health forum meeting. The forum brings various stakeholders together in an attempt to ensure that migrants in the country have equal and unhindered access to quality health care services

Mpumalanga community mobiliser Sifiso Nkala will be conducting training in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The training will take place at the KwaDukuza and Groutville clinics, in Stanger, KwaZulu Natal.

Wednesday 20 March

Health attorney Ektaa Deochand is attending a South African Human Rights Commission Section 11 committee meeting on the right to basic education for learners with disabilities. The committee will discuss research findings on the United Nations closing observations on inclusive education. .

Thursday March 21

Researcher, Tebogo Sephakgamela is attending a workshop organised by the Democracy Works Foundation. The workshops will focus on skills to capacitate individuals and organisations to work better with communities on the ground.

SECTION27 and our publication Spotlight, in conjunction with Constitution Hill cordially invites the public to the launch of the Silicosis class action photo exhibition on Human Rights Day. All photographs were taken by award winning photographer, Thom Pierce.

This exhibition forms part of SECTION27’s presence at the Human Rights Festival, which will be held from 21 to 24 March 2019. We will have a booth where we will showcase our work in basic education and health.  The showing at Constitution Hill coincides with Human Rights Day (21 March 2019) and World Tuberculosis Day (24 March 2019)

Date: 21 March 2019

Time: 17h00 – 19h00

Place: Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Johannesburg, 2017

In Spotlight:

New science: Highlights from CROI2019

Two weeks ago the Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was held in Seattle, USA. Spotlight did not attend this year’s conference, but fortunately all CROI abstracts and presentations are made available online. Below we have picked some highlights of relevance for South Africa.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/03/12/new-science-highlights-from-croi2019

Silicosis: The names in Paragraph 7

Photographer Thom Pierce reflects on the news that 10 out the original 56 applicants in the silicosis class action have died. Pierce was a key part of a team that created the “Price of Gold” exhibition.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/03/13/silicosis-the-names-in-paragraph-7/

New guides to advocating in AIDS councils

Spotlight has developed two new advocacy guides for members of provincial or district AIDS councils. One focuses on TB prevention and the other on retention in care.

New guides to advocating in AIDS councils