Thursday 13 June

Statement: SECTION27 welcomes the judgement from the Supreme Court of the United States in USAID vs AOSI

SECTION27 welcomes the judgment from the Supreme Court of the United States in USAID v AOSI. The judgment declared a law making the denunciation of sex work a requirement to be eligible to receive funding from the US to combat HIV an unconstitutional violation of the right to freedom of speech. The judgment opens the door for much needed and previously prohibited work to realize the rights of sex workers and other people living with HIV or at risk of becoming infected with HIV.

SECTION27 Submission to Lotteries Board to Fund Social Justice Work

On 22 May 2012, SECTION27 responded to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) call for submissions to assist the NLDTF in developing its funding priorities. SECTION27 dealt with the NLDTF funding practices and priorities in the submission and recommended that social justice and human rights programmes be prioritised for funding by the NLDTF in the next funding period. SECTION27 made this submission because we believe that this work is critically important in a participatory democracy and because there are statutory and constitutional obligations to fund this work and ensure its sustainability.

This submission is endorsed by: AIDS Foundation of South Africa, Atlantic Philanthropies, Equal Education,, RAITH Foundation, Rural Health Advocacy Project and Sonke Gender Justice.

Read the complete submission by clicking “read more” below.

1,000 HIV activists take to JHB streets for US$2 billion needed to save millions of lives

US, UK & Australia have to maintain Global Fund support to avert crisis

JOHANNESBURG, 22 March – Today over 1,000 southern African activists from a coalition of organisations take to the streets of Johannesburg in a march to demand key international donors lead an urgent response to plug a US$2 billion treatment funding gap, so that countries across Africa can scale up their HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria programmes and avert countless unnecessary deaths.

– New science presented in 2011 (HPTN 052 study) shows that ART not only save lives, but also prevents new HIV infections. Putting people on treatment earlier therefore reduces their chances of infecting others by up to 96%. This heads off not only the spread of the HIV epidemic, but also a looming resurgence in TB and drug-resistant TB.
– Up to 70% of TB patients in southern Africa are also infected with HIV.

Kate Ribet, Communications Officer, MSF SA | +27 79 872 2950 |

Borrie la Grange, Head of Communications, MSF SA | +27 83 287 5294 |

BEMF Inaugural meeting: 21 August 2009

BEMF Inaugural meeting: 21 August 2009
Presentations by:

  • Legal Implications of Failures in in Health Budgeting – Adila Hassim
  • Case Study: Budget Irregularities and Shortfalls in the Free State – Brian Honermann
  • Long Term Costs and Implications for Sustainable Budgeting – Susan Cleary
  • The Budget Process & Power Brokers: How to Influence It/Them – Alison Hickey Tshangana
  • National AIDS Spending Assessments – Nhlanhla Ndlovu
  • Tools for Community Monitoring of Budgets and Expenditures – Nhlanhla Ndlovu