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ICESCR Joint Civil Society Submission on South Africa: Health Rights, Issues and Recommendations

A joint civil society submission on “Health Rights, Issues and Recommendations”  in South Africa has been made to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) by the People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA) in collaboration with various health organisations and interested parties. This submission is endorsed by the Rural Health Advocacy Project, Public Health Association of South Africa, Sophiatown, People’s Health Movement Uganda, Earthlife Africa, WGL Foundation and SECTION27.

In our submission, we seek to bring the pertinent health issues facing South Africa to the forefront of the engagement between the South African State and the CESCR, as the State will soon be examined by the CESCR on whether it is meeting its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The ICESCR was ratified by South Africa in 2015 and  the South African government submitted its first report to the CESCR in 2017.

Enforcement of the obligations imposed on the State – by international law and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 – has the potential to address the issues raised in our own submission. Recommendations are made for steps and measures that can be taken by the State to comply with the obligations imposed by the right to health.

To download our ICESCR health submission, please click here.

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