1st meeting of the National Consultative Health Forum NDoH 2006

1st meeting of the National Consultative Health Forum NDoH 2006

This is a special kind of health stakeholder consultation in terms of the National Health Act. It set the standard for the future and not a high one.  The national Department of Health special. Short notice with little choice of topic Since then the notice is much shorter. Inclusion is still a mystery. In 2006 it was based on which organisations the Minster liked. Mostly anything but HIV.

The attached programme is illustrative of the era. These were tough times. Getting an invitation was like a poison chalice. It showed the rift between the Mbeki administration and the people.  AGISA was incomprehensible and deliver at great length.

Disability access was laughable. The minister injured a foot and arrived late in a wheelchair. The usually constructed stage had no disabled access certainly not for a wheelchair.  So it took great deliberation to find 4 strong people to lift the wheelchair and minister onto the stage. The rest is a bit of a blur until lunch.
I chose a table near the door and went to get lunch. When I came back the minister and health MECs filled the table it was a conventient spot for a wheelchair bound person.  The minster ordered wine, the only person in the room to do so. I had a diet cold drink. The minister stated how poor my choice refreshement was, all the artifical sweetners were terribly bad for me. The MEC ssat sicophantically by and one even pretended to drink wine.
Memories of a survivor

ndoh letter and prog Nat consult forum may 2006
2015 Rights of persons with disabilities White Paper.

2015 Rights of persons with disabilities White Paper.

The social framing of disability is at the heart of the White Paper and follows on similar moves globally. However, WHO declines to make a clear exclusionalry defintion of disablitily.
HIV health programmes is mentioned on page 88 as a prime intervention in South Africa. The only clear funding at a national level is for HIV-related programmes via a conditional grant. Disability is framed as a social issue and added as a priority via the social chapter of the National Development Plan (NDP).

his means in effect the prevention and treatment of NCDs preventable sight loss like diabetes and hypertension are not considered in this policy as it follows the social model of disability. This kind of dualism is outdated. Deal with social issues but allow for the causes to be addressed directly through the National Department of Health. with funding.
That means making NCDs a priority in chapter 10 of the National Development Plan.

white paper on disability rights 2019
2019 July NDoH invitation stakeholder NCDs Stakeholder consultation

2019 July NDoH invitation stakeholder NCDs Stakeholder consultation

2019 July NDoH Stakeholder NCDs Stakeholder consultation CV disease and stroke. This is a copy of the invitation sent on 24 July 2019 with a response required by 31 July for a meeting on 7 July 2019. From Dr Yogan Pillay
A draft agenda was circulated before the meeting. Here is the draft agena.
There was no time for discussion. Diabetes was included in the meeting without prior notice.
No minutes of the meeting were circulated nor were the presentations.

The consultation aims to:

  • Identify cascades of care for CVD and Stroke and understand the roadblocks that impede care;
  • Identify immediate, medium- and long-term interventions to enhance care; and
  • .Promote collaborative interventions to create awareness and educate communities and health workers on CVD and Stroke
Ndoh stakeholder meeting document