The People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA) Steering Committee held a Strategic Planning Meeting on 10 February 2018 in Cape Town to plan our activities for 2018. We would like to share a few of the highlights:
National Health Insurance (NHI)
One of the main focus areas for PHM-SA in 2018 is campaigning and mobilising for a People’s National Health Insurance (NHI) together with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) and other civil society organisations.
Currently, NHI implementation committees are dominated by private sector interests. Mass mobilisation of civil society is therefore needed to ensure that the NHI will serve ALL in an equitable way.
In addition, PHM-SA will be working with health committees and medical students of the University of Cape Town (UCT) to raise awareness about the NHI, its challenges and the need for national mobilisation. The NHI campaign will be linked to the National Health Assembly process.
South African People’s Health University (SAPHU)
Continuing the work of the past years, Community Health Workers from the Northern Cape and the Western Cape will finalise their South African People’s Health University (SAPHU) programme with a three-day course focusing on lessons learned and planning how to continue their pilot project started during the course. In addition, a public meeting in Gauteng will be organised by SAPHU alumni to share their experiences participating in the programme.
ICECSR Shadow Report
In 2018, PHM-SA will work on the health section of a civil society shadow report on South Africa’s implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICECSR). The civil society shadow report will be submitted to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) as a response to the official state report submitted by the South African government. Several volunteers will organise community workshops and compile the health section for the ICECSR shadow report, which will be included in the larger civil society shadow report.
Bavuse! Communications and Mobilisation Tool
PHM-SA is working with Grassroot and Amandla.mobi to develop a communication platform to support local and national mobilisation activities. Its aim is to support grassroots mobilisation and self-organising in health struggles in South Africa at little or no cost to community members, using cell phones and social media.