SANCDA+ member meeting – save the date

SANCDA+ member meeting – save the date

Thanks to your partnership over the last 9 years, the SANCDA+ has made advocacy breakthroughs including our current human right action to make NCDs+ a national priority. Now, the time has come for the SANCDA+ to co-produce and formalise a sustainable governance structure and plan mandated by you, our members, allies and partners. This step is needed for two main reasons:

  • To build and grow cohesion around the social and health justice agenda as we engage formally with government structures;
  • To get a mandate to co-produce a strategy to take the SANCDA+ beyond 2023 if desired by members, allies and partners.

You are therefore invited to a participatory meeting where the SANCDA+ governance structure will be formalized on 28 Nov 2022 between 14:00-15:00.

Please will save the date so that you will be able to participate.
Please will you indicate if you will be available to attend or will be sending a representative?
A zoom invite will be sent to you shortly and you will be required to register prior to attending the meeting
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Between now and the time of the meeting we will be interacting with you to understand your needs and suggestions for a way forward. If you would like more information on membership and partnering please communicate with Busi or me.

 

WHO NDoH Technical launch to the provinces of the 3rd NCDs NSP

WHO NDoH Technical launch to the provinces of the 3rd NCDs NSP

The SANCDA+ invites you to participate virtually in the NDoH and WHO Technical meeting for the NCDs+ NSP provincial rollout. June 30 all day and July 1 till lunchtime
Register for both days via Zoom Link number of participants limited to 300
Livestreaming on another platform is also to be arranged
When: Jun 30, 2022 08:00 Johannesburg
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckdu6prTwtHtCESam-n2gs0fay2U6ZsR6s

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The message may note it is a meeting with the Presidency but it is an error we cant correct. It is for the NDOH meeting.

Link to the NDoH invitation here
Link to the draft programme here 
Link to the latest corrected 3rd NCDs+ NSP here

Right to access to care? Progress since 2007?

Right to access to care? Progress since 2007?

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic WHO’s @DrTedros  highlighted the problems of access to health services by millions of people living with NCDs+ in his tweet.  His tweet certainly mirrors what the SA NCDs Alliance and our allies have been saying since 2007 when the SA Human Rights Commission  (SAHRC) held its first public hearings into the right access to health services.
COVID-19 changed the parameters of vulnerability to include NCDs+, mental health, and reemphasised disability in all its shapes and forms.

SAHRC report 2007

15 years ago the primary focus was understandably on access to HIV/AIDS and TB services. It was the height of the communicable disease epidemic. And amidst our homegrown “AIDS-denialism”. It was also the midpoint of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) where vast amounts of funding were channelled into communicable diseases and maternal-child services. That pattern of expenditure and funding remains in place today.

Executive summary

The report’s executive summary is salutary: it fits today’s health service access issues in the COVID-19 pandemic. Just substitute NCDs+ for communicable diseases.  And, we have a similar complaint today.
The report’s opening quote is ironically, but not surprisingly, from The AIDS Law Project, the early version of Section 27:

“We don’t yet have a definition of essential health services. This means we don’t have a base line for the right to health and it is impossible to cost the health service and thereby determine objectively what can be
afforded.”

We still don’t have the definition. But HIV unlike NCDs+ is a  National Development Plan priority. As for the rest of the conclusions, they mostly are unmet PLWNCDs+  The main change to health services is that HIV/TB services dominate primary health care. We beg for evidence-based inclusion of NCDs + throughout the life-course. And, more not just a tack on to HIV, TB and STI services.

That is why we fight on.  Read the SAHRC 2007 report on access to health services SAHRC 2007Health Report

NDoH “Implementation” Review of 2nd NCDs NSP 2013-2017

NDoH “Implementation” Review of 2nd NCDs NSP 2013-2017

The date of the review is August 2018.  This is the first version. Later,  in November 2018, a second version was circulated.

The NCDs National Strategic Plan 2013-2017 is also known as the 2nd NCDs NSP. It was reviewed in 2018 by a WHO country office contracted consultant on behalf of the NDoH.
It is grandiosely called The “Implementation Review of the  NCDs NSP 2013-2017”  The title is a farce since this plan was never implemented and unfunded. The review is supposed to imply an authentic evaluation of the plan, processes and outcomes. It does nothing of the sort
The WHO consultant Mel Freeman was also the NDoH official responsible for the development and implementation of the 2nd NCDs NSP during his tenure as Chief Director, NCDs

NDOH implementation review 2NN 2018 aug