He could have lived Friday Mfengu recalls the torturous days before his brother died while waiting for an ambulance When a woman goes into a labour, she has a little time to contemplate how she will access healthcare services. Her immediate concern is for the safe delivery of her infant Continue Reading
SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign welcome the announcement of a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) probe into contracts that the Free State and North West health departments entered into with Buthelezi EMS, a controversial private ambulance company. Proclamation 42 of 2019 published in the Government Gazette on 12 July 2019 Continue Reading
ECHCAC calls on the provincial and national health departments to urgently intervene before any more lives are lost. The Coalition urges the departments to act swiftly to avoid the situation degenerating to the state which occurred in the North
For Nozikotshi Lulu, December 2011 was anything but joyful. She remembers it as the most painful period of her life. Her son, Mveliso (30), had been working away from home during the course of the year. She looked forward to his homecoming but when he returned home at the beginning of the month he became ill.
On 14 June 2016, the Eastern Cape Health Action Crisis Coalition wrote to the South African Human Rights Commission in relation to the Eastern Cape Department of Health Response to the Commission’s report on Emergency Health Services in the province. We noted that on 1 April 2016, the Eastern Cape Department Continue Reading
In March 2015, the South African Human Rights Commission held a hearing on Emergency Medical Services in the Eastern Cape. The Commission’s interest in Eastern Cape emergency medical services emerged from a complaint submitted to the Commission by the community of Xhora Mouth, a group of around 2000 people living Continue Reading
Mothers giving birth at home; babies developing disabilities due to difficult unsupervised births; diabetics unable to reach treatment; old women crossing rivers and spending most of their pensions to get to the clinic; a 10-year-old boy dying of pneumonia because his mother could no longer carry him to hospital; a Continue Reading
ECHCAC STATEMENT ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION’S HEARING INTO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE EASTERN CAPE “I am grateful to hear that the government provides these things called ambulances. I have never seen an ambulance in my area.” – testimony from Xhora Mouth resident EAST LONDON, 30 March Continue Reading