The right to access to health care

We are working for better quality and more affordable public and private health systems.

Tracking the National Strategic Plan

Our particular focus with regard to the NSP is on respect for and the promotion of human rights as outlined in the plan’s priority area 4, as well as the building and/or strengthening of SANAC structures to ensure good governance and accountability. We are also working on ensuring appropriate budgeting for and expenditure in relation to ARV treatment and other key interventions identified in the NSP, so that there is a sustainable uninterrupted provision of ARV treatment.

  • TB
  • TB in prisons
  • HIV and the law
  • HIV discrimination in the public and private sectors

The right to basic education

One of SECTION27′s priority areas is the right to basic education guaranteed by section 29 of the Constitution. We view the right to education as a significant health-determinant as well as a ‘gateway’ to the realisation of other rights, particularly the rights to dignity and equality. Our work in this area includes research, litigation and advocacy directed towards securing vital resources such as textbooks and public school funding, and achieving safe and positive education environments conducive to effective learning and teaching. We focus particularly on the prevention of sexual violence and corporal punishment, the provision of safe and hygienic sanitation facilities, the provision of learner teacher support materials, furniture and sufficient classrooms, and the timeous payment of sufficient public school funds.

  • Textbooks
  • Sanitation
  • Infrastructure
  • Sexual violence in schools
  • Rights of disabled learners

Good governance and accountability

We are working to ensure that the conduct of relevant organs of state and of those who exercise significant private power in relevant fields accords with the Constitution.

In particular, we work for more effective parliamentary oversight over the Executive, the maintenance of the foundational values of the Constitution, the maintenance of judicial independence, a better understanding of the constitutional obligations of the private sector in relation to the rights to health and education, increased equality of access to essential services provided by the private sector and a developed legal framework regulating private power, particularly in the health industry.

  • Corruption
  • Local government
  • Transformation of the judiciary