“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.”
– Winston Churchill
Monday 14 – Friday 18 October
Solanga Milambo, Annah Maluleke, Motheo Brodie, Thembi Mahlathi, Vuyisile Malinga and Boitumelo Masipa will be conducting workshops in eight schools in Limpopo. These workshops will cover sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) for Adolescents and Sexual Violence for learners. These workshops are part of an ongoing intervention by SECTION27 to equip learners with information about their sexual and reproductive health rights in order to reduce the incidence of HIV in South Africa.
Thursday 17 October
SECTION27 will host a discussion at GIBS on “The Future of Healthcare in South Africa: Analysing the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) and National Health Insurance (NHI)”
This discussion will offer an in-depth look at the future of public and private healthcare in South Africa following the publishing of the final HMI report. In this forum we will grapple with the question, “how will the recommendations from the HMI report change the private sector and link to the NHI bill under consideration by the South African Parliament?” We will also address: the key findings and recommendations of the HMI report; the potential business models for the future of healthcare funding; how the NHI Bill affects the various healthcare players, both private and public and; how the proposed changes will affect patient access to healthcare services.
Joining the discussion will be: Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu, a Health Market Inquiry and Health Sector Specialist; Professor Eric Buch from the School of Health Systems and Public Health at University of Pretoria; Professor Jane Goudge, Director of the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Witwatersrand and; Umunyana Rugege, Executive Director at SECTION27.
Monday 14 – Sunday 20 October
NSP Co-ordinator, Vuyokazi Gonyela will be co-facilitating Prevention, Treatment Literacy and Advocacy sessions at a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) National Training Workshop. The training is aimed at building capacity for members of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Sector. It will also focus on monitoring the implementation of an HIV response in clinics and models for working with structures of accountability to address identified problems. The training will be attended by over 60 representatives from eight provinces, with the exception of the Northern Cape.
Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 October
Field researchers, Patrick Mdletshe and Sifiso Nkala will be facilitating a sexual and reproductive health rights workshop at Da Village in Thembisile Hani local municipality. Part one of this training will speak to the crimination of sex work as it affects individual access to health services. Part two of this training will address the challenges of retention and care with a focus on Mpumalanga where there are high numbers of people who default on medication. These training sessions are intended to strengthen local branches of the TAC in their response to HIV, TB, sexual violence and their capacity on AIDS Councils.
Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 October
Patrick Mdletshe will be attending Asijiki Annual General Meeting in Cape Town. This meeting is intended to track how far along progress is toward the decriminalisation sex work in South Africa.
Friday 18 – Saturday 19 October
Head of the Education Right programme, Faranaaz Veriava has been invited to act as a presiding officer in the 10th Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition hosted by the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria. This competition is intended to expose law students to the area of children’s rights and child law and the different ways in which strategic litigation can be utilised to advance children’s rights. Dr Veriava will sit on the bench holding vast legal experience in the area of children’s rights and welfare.
The week that was
State Capture gathering: Power to the People
The People’s Hearing into State Capture took place at Constitution Hill’s Women’s Jail at the weekend. The hearing was civil society’s version of the State Capture commission of inquiry chaired by Justice Raymond Zondo. Civil society organisations and ordinary people gathered to share the direct impact State Capture has on their lives, from health to education.