Below are statements and articles endorsed by PHM SA:
- Covid-19: Collective Experiences During a Global Pandemic (Volume 3) – Down But Not Out: “I Need to Confront This Virus Head-On”
This piece by Mandla Majola the community engagement coordinator for the iALARM project, HIV activist, PHM member and co-founder of the Movement for Change and Social Justice (MCSJ). This past June, Mandla was diagnosed with COVID-19. After weeks of battling to overcome the illness, he was interviewed by iALARM colleague Myrna van Pinxteren and shared his story.
Black Sash wrote a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the COVID-19 grant. PHM-SA with other Civil Society Organisation supported the letter.
- Protect the Rights and Dignity of Sex Workers – Asijiki, Sweat, Sisonke, Triangle & The Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition
ASIJIKI, SWEAT, Sisonke, Triangle & the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition have written to Cyril Ramaphosa demanding the rights and dignity of sex workers be protected during Covid 19. Read the letter here.
- Civil Society Organisations Call for Principled Contracting With Private Sector in the COVID-19 Health Response, as Well as More Coordination and Transparency
The undersigned civil society organisations welcome the measures put in place by government to combat the spread of COVID-19. The nationwide screening, testing and contact tracing programmes are to be commended. We applaud the Department of Health (DOH) for developing the legislative and regulatory frameworks necessary to provide equitable access to healthcare services for everyone currently in South Africa, including the COVID-19 Block Exemption for the Healthcare Sector 2020 Regulations.
- Regulating liquor availability in post COVID 19 South Africa” – co-hosted by SAAPA and PHASA on 7 May.
This robust debate took place on the 7 May 2020 and you can follow the discussion on Twitter . Tag us using the handle @saapa7 and the hashtag #AlcoholSafeSA. The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Health Promotion Special Interest Group (HPSIG) run regular events aimed at policy makers, academics, clinicians and students active in health advocacy. Go to PHASA to sign up as a member. SAAPA SA invites you to visit our Southern African website to get some insight into SAAPA’s activities in its member countries. Click on South Africa to learn more about SAAPA SA.