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Public Meeting: “We have a Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress. What does that mean for our health?

The People’s Health Movement South Africa invites you to a public meeting!!!!

“We have a Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress. What does that mean for our health?”

PHM Public Meeting. “We have a Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress. What does that mean for our health?”

PHM Public Meeting.
“We have a Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress. What does that mean for our health?”

“South Africa has recently ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. One of the rights in that convention is the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress. But what does that mean in a country where people are denied access to health care and where scientific research often benefits those who can afford to pay for the most expensive forms of health care.  Can we use this right to advance health? Does this right help to strengthen claims for the Right to Health? What does it mean for Civil Society campaigning for universal access to the social determinants of health and to health care? What should health workers in the health system do to ensure that scientific progress benefits everyone?

We will focus this discussion on the problem of Drug-Resistant TB because we know there are many problems as a result of the lack of drug development for TB. Patients have to use drugs that are dangerous and of poor efficacy because there simply are too few drugs to treat TB as a result of the lack of research and development for TB drugs. We know that is the case because TB is a disease of the poor.

Our speakers will include:

Fons Coomans;is a professor of human rights law at Maastricht University who will speak about the International Covenant and what is says about the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress.

Phumeza Tisile, DR TB activist who got diagnosed with XDR TB in June 2010, completing treatment in August 2013. She is now a fierce advocate for better diagnosis and shorter treatment with less side effects for people with tuberculosis.Phumeza co-authored a “DR TB Manifesto”, which she handed over to governments, researchers at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May 2012

Venue 129 Rochester Road, Observatory, Cape Town

Date 14th March 2015

Time: 9am till 12noon

*Transport and Child care services will be made available upon request.
*Those out of Cape Town please note that you can also be connected to this meeting via Skype.
* Light snacks tea and coffee will be served.
Hope to see you all

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