22 May 2014, JOHANNESBURG: SECTION27, the Treatment Action Campaign, the Wits Justice Project and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies mourn the death of Dudley Lee and send their condolences…
This week SECTION27 made written submissions on two important National Department of Basic Education draft policy documents: Regulations Relating to Minimum Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure and its National Policy on…
Following years of negotiations between the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the AIDS Law Project (ALP) regarding the SANDF’s old health classification policy that excluded people living with HIV from recruitment, external deployment and promotion in the military, in 2008 the North Gauteng High Court settled the matter. Pursuant to an out of court settlement between the two parties, the Court declared such policy as unconstitutional to the extent that it violated the rights of aspirant and serving members of the SANDF to equality and dignity, among other rights.
The 6th South African AIDS Conference opened last night in Durban. Sifiso Nkala of the TAC took the stage and accepted the Dira Sengwe Leadership Award on behalf of the TAC. The award “recognises ethical beacons and leaders in AIDS” and was awarded to the TAC in recognition of its critical role in the HIV movement since its inception.
The conference, as the HIV movement more broadly, must be led by the people for whom the ideas and decisions discussed at it mean the most – people living with HIV, yet Sifiso was the only person openly living with HIV to share the stage at the opening ceremony. In the tradition of TAC activism, Sifiso took the opportunity of TAC’s receipt of the award to address the conference audience of around 2500 on the challenges that cripple the health system, cost lives and show that the end of AIDS is not so near as some would have us believe.
Joint Press Statement: High-level Roundtable on TB management in South Africa’s correctional centres held at Wits
Members of the criminal justice, social justice and health sectors discussed strategies to prevent and treat tuberculosis (TB) – the leading cause of death in South Africa’s correctional centres – at the University of the Witwatersrand on Tuesday, 28 May 2013.
Following years of engagement with the insurance industry on the issue of the blanket refusals to provide insurance cover to individuals living with HIV, SECTION27 is encouraged that a permanent favourable solution could be found soon. This follows the recent groundbreaking commitment made by the Association for Savings & Investment South Africa (ASISA).
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the Department of Health (DoH) jointly announced the Guidelines for the Management
of Tuberculosis, Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Sexually-‐Transmitted Infections in Correctional Centres, 2013 (the Guidelines) on World
TB Day, 24 March 2013. Centre for Applied Legal Studies. WIts Justice Project, SECTION27 and Treatment Action Campaign wrote a joint submission
South Africa is hosting the 18th Commonwealth Law Conference in Cape Town from the 14-18 April 2013 . Read what SECTION27’s Mark Heywood presented on the ‘Rising to new legal challenges: HIV and Human Rights.