Philani Clinic: A timeline of failure

Philani Clinic: A timeline of failure

A few meters from the entrance to Philani Clinic in Queenstown, opposite the gate, is a black-walled tavern. On weekdays, it’s as quiet as a church; but on weekends, music bursts out of its dark interior, cars line the street and patrons dance between them, holding beer cans and bottles.  The gates of the clinic are not

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National Budget for Health: Cuts to budget for non-communicable diseases of serious concern

National Budget for Health: Cuts to budget for non-communicable diseases of serious concern

South Africa’s health care system remains under significant strain. The quadruple burden of disease (consisting of HIV and TB, non-communicable diseases, violence and injuries and maternal, newborn and child health)…

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HOSPITAL NIGHTMARE IN FREE STATE: TAC CALLS ON PRESIDENT TO INTERVENE

QWAQWA, 14th SEPTEMBER 2016: The Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 condemn reports of crisis emerging hourly from across hospitals in the Free State. We are receiving reports of entire hospitals being shut…

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7 June 2016 SECTION27 Submission on the NHI White Paper

SECTION27 welcomes the release of the White Paper on National Health Insurance (White Paper) for public comment. As an organisation that is committed to the realisation of the right of everyone to have access to health care services including reproductive healthcare and the right not to be refused emergency medical treatment as entrenched in section 27 of the Constitution, we support universal health coverage. We thank the National Department of Health (the Department) for inviting comments to the White Paper. We are in agreement with the White Paper’s recognition that “Prior to the 1994 democratic breakthrough, South Africa had a fragmented  health system designed along racial lines. One system was highly resourced and benefited the white minority. The other was systematicallyunder-­resourced and was for the black majority”. SECTION27 notes that the remnants of that racist and inequitable system still linger in post apartheid South Africa and see health system reform as vital to the broader vision of equality. We have, therefore, always been committed to working with the Department in the development of a policy that aims to realise the right of everyone to have access to healthcare services and that gives credence to equality, dignity and fundamental human rights. 7 June 2016 SECTION27 Submission on the NHI White Paper

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#BOPHELOHOUSE94 BACK IN COURT TO APPEAL CONVICTIONS

#BOPHELOHOUSE94 BACK IN COURT TO APPEAL CONVICTIONS

BLOEMFONTEIN, 8th AUGUST 2016: Today the #BopheloHouse94 are appearing in Bloemfontein High Court. The community healthcare workers (CHWs) are appealing their conviction in October 2015 in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. A…

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Working collectively makes civil society stronger

Working collectively makes civil society stronger

The National Health Assembly, held at the University of the Western Cape from 24 – 26 June brought together organisations and individuals from all provinces in South Africa and beyond.…

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