“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Inventor: Alexander Graham Bell
Monday 25 November 2019
SECTION27 joins the world in commemorating #16DaysofActivism against Gender-Based Violence with a focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Follow @section27news on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about the campaign.
Tuesday 26 November – Thursday 28 November 2019
Field researcher Patrick Mdletshe and attorney Nkululeko Conco will be facilitating a sexual and reproductive health rights learning session in Lusaka, Zambia. This session will be attended by lawyers, youth, and women organisations who will come together to share their experiences in sexual and reproductive health rights advocacy.
Wednesday 27 November 2019
The SECTION27 team will meet for a discussion on “Civil society now and what we see on the horizon for 2020 – Politics, economics and social justice” convened by William Gumede. He is an Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance and Executive Chairperson of Democracy Works Foundation.
Thursday 28 November 2019
Ms Winnie Byanyima, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), will join the official commemoration of World AIDS Day on 1 December. Ms Byanyima will use the opportunity to meet with members of South Africa women’s movement to discuss ways of partnering to advance the AIDS response. SECTION27 Executive Director Umunyana Rugege and Head of Communications Nontsikelelo Mpulo will attend the meeting.
Members of the education team will travel to Polokwane to meet with the state attorney in relation to the settlement reached with the Department of Education on the #TreeSchool in Makangwane, Limpopo.
29 November 2019
Members of the SECTION27 will join the Treatment Action Campaign launch of “Ritshidze”, which means “Save our Lives” in Tshivenda. This campaign is aimed at monitoring treatment provision at various sites across the country in order to inform the AIDS response. The launch will take place in Soshanguve ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2019. For more information contact: Ngqabutho Mpofu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submissions on the National Health Insurance Bill is on 29 November 2019. SECTION27 is inviting members of the public to give us their views on three key issues identified in the National Health Insurance Bill, complete the survey here: https://forms.gle/essuxNctD6t1y8DGA
Spotlight on NHI: Mixed reaction to NHI Bill in Makwarela, Limpopo
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health has in recent weeks been conducting public hearings on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill in Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, and now Limpopo. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape are to follow shortly.
Spotlight previously reported on concerns regarding the politicisation of a public hearing in Mpumalanga. A hearing in Limpopo now seems to have been similarly politicised.
Wastage and negligence hamstrung health services
The Auditor-General (AG) this week once again in his audit report on national and provincial departments painted a bleak picture of wastage and brazen negligence in the public sector.
In provincial departments of health that are already hamstrung by budget cuts, such wastage is not only unjustifiable but also obscene in a sector where it is often a matter of life and death for those depending on public health services.