The week ahead
“the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Ben Siltanen
Monday 8 April:
Head of Health Sasha Stevenson and Attorney Ektaa Deochand are heading to the Eastern Cape to meet with the Traditional leadership and members of the community of Xhora Mouth about continued problems in access to ambulance services in the area, they will also meet with the Leadership of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) from the Eastern Cape.
Tuesday 9 April:
Field researcher Sifiso Nkala will be attending the Msukaligwa Aids council Technical Task Team meeting. This meeting will serve as preparation for the Gert Sibande District Aids Council Meeting later this week.
Thursday 11 April:
Thuthukile Mbatha, Rapelang Ntamu and Bheki Maqephula will be traveling to Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, to conduct a workshop on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for traditional leaders on 11 April 2019. The workshop will be focused on SRHR in the context of ukuthwala (forced marriage), which is a common practice in the area. The workshop will be attended by traditional leaders in the Matatiele area.
Head of Education Dr Faranaaz Veriava is lecturing in the child law LLM Masters at the University of Pretoria. The title of the lecture is – “Using the courts to achieve the right to basic education – a comparative study.” You can read the journal article she co-authored with Prof Ann Skelton here.
Friday 12 April
The 2nd Fair Pricing Forum takes place at Emperors Palace from 11 to 13 April 2019. It is convened by World Health Organisation (WHO) and brings together policy makers, the pharmaceutical industry and civil society representatives to discuss options for a fairer pricing methods for medicines. The proposed agenda covers issues such as intellectual property, access to cancer medicines and transparency in medicine pricing. On the opening day of the Forum, civil society organisation from all over the world will host a side event to discuss the trends and emerging issues in medicines pricing, reflect on the strategies that can be used to increase access to medicines. The event takes place from 11h00 to 12h30. You can read more on it here.
Legal researcher Tendai Mafuma will be part of a panel discussion with representatives of the WHO, Department of Trade and Industry, Medicines Patents Pool and Norvatis to discuss the role of intellectual property in pricing. She will discuss the strategies that have been used to improve access to medicines and the potential of the new South African Intellectual Property Policy: Phase 1.
Saturday 13 April
Attorney Ektaa Deochand will be in Cape Town, presenting at a Training workshop hosted by the People’s Health Movement. Ektaa’s presentation will focus on the failure of Health System, as well as National Health Insurance.
Dr Anastacia Tomson outlines the barriers to adequate, safe and informed health care for transgender people.
A months’-long national shortage of an affordable masculinising hormone has not just adversely affected the health of a number of transgender men but has revealed worrying levels of disregard for the general well-being of a sector of the population already carrying an unusually heavy load of discrimination, stigma and even violence. KARIN SCHIMKE reports.
The recent stock-out of a hormone used in gender-affirming treatment for transgender men following soon on the heels of a stock-out last year of the primary hormone used by transgender woman, has revealed a system-wide neglect of a large sector of the South African population. KARIN SCHIMKE reports.