People's Health Movement South Africa

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People's Health Movement South Africa offers community health activists a voice in dialogue with expert analysis. This channel offers conversations on different health related topics from a perspective that challenges inequality, and promotes health for all.

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08
DEC
2021

The 5% continent - Greed, Divides, and Solidarity : SOLIDARITY

Moderator : Maaza Seyoum
Partnerships & Communications Lead African Alliance

Guests:
Dr. Githinji Gitahi
Group CEO of AMREF Health Africa

Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi
Exec Director if the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC)

Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan
Management Strategist / Movement Co-ordinator at Africans Rising
02
DEC
2021

Omicron: the Science and the politics

In this episode, Peter Van Heusden talks about 'What we know and don't know about this new variant" and Lauren Paremoer (PHM SA) addresses 'The politics of the new variant and vaccine apartheid.'
12
NOV
2021

Building local vaccine manufacturing capacity in Africa - Learning from South Korea and Brazil

Moderator:
Kate Stegeman | Advocacy Coordinator Access Campaign MSF (South Africa)

Speakers:
Patrick Tippoo | Executive Director of the African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative (AVMI) and Head of Science and innovation at Biovac (South Africa)
Sun Kim | Director, Health Policy Centre, People’s Health Institute (South Korea)
Gustavo Matta | Associate researcher in Public Health, FIOCRUZ (Brazil)
15
OCT
2021

The 5% continent - Greed, Divides, and Solidarity : GREED

How greed and self-interest have expanded the gulf between the Global North and the Global South and given rise to VACCINE APARTHEID and VACCINE INEQUITY.

Moderator: Maaza Seyoum
Partnerships & Communications
Lead: African Alliance

Guests:
Dr Kamran Abbasi
British Medical Journal - Executive Editor for Content

Dr Fifa Rahman
Civil Society Representative, Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, representing Health Poverty Action

Dr Peter Singer
Special Advisor to the Director General at World Health Organization

Fatima Hassan
Director: Health Justice Initiative
20
AUG
2021

The Right to Health and Equitable Access to Covid-19 Health Technologies

Moderator:
Prof. Leslie London | UCT & PHM SA

Panelists:
Candice Sehoma - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF);
Prof Rodrigo Uprimny – National Univ of Columbia. Member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
Prof. Yousuf Abdoola Vawda - Univ of KZN

During the pandemic, we have sharply highlighted the inequitable access to care and prevention for COVID-19, and the terrible impact that has had on the health of the most vulnerable in South Africa.

The inequity in the response to COVID-19 reflects the highly unequal and divided South Africa care system even prior to this.

Moreover, our legislative framework for access to medicines and health care technologies has long been problematic, denying people access to their rights to health care. In the joint Civil Society submission on South Africa’s report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in 2018, obstacles posed by patents were highlighted. The submission noted that “A patent law reform process began in 2009, but nearly a decade later, no new legislation has been enacted. Patent legislation that protects public health could help facilitate generic competition, cut prices and increase access to essential medicines.” Fast forward three years, still no progress.

Access to medicine and health technologies has been clearly demonstrated under COVID-19 as a critical issue, with patents obstructing access to diagnostics for COVID-19. Obstacles posed by Intellectual Property barriers loom large as one of the key contributory reasons behind vaccine inequity.

The webinar seeks to answer some of these questions:

Why is there need for need for domestic patent law reform to achieve right to health
Is flexibilities and compulsory licensing is accessible in Africa
What does the right to health and the right to benefit from Scientific Progress mean in practice when we face barriers in access to health technologies?
What lessons can we draw from International Guidance on this matter?
UN Treaty Body Database
28
JUL
2021

EACT - Equitable Access to C19 Technologies

Our experiences in Community Monitoring on C19

In this episode:
Facilitated by: Dr Lauren Paremoer, member of PHM SA
Speakers:
Bongelane Nene - Community monitor from Gauteng
Caroline Mshengo - Community monitor from Mpumalanga
Noluthando Nontobeko Mhlongo - Community monitor from KwaZulu Natal
Dr Theresa Mwesigwa - DoH

EACT is a civil society coalition working together towards equitable access to C19 technologies. Part of the work was conducting community monitoring activities towards acmes and adherence C19 preventative measures, access to C19 vaccines and community sentiments towards C19 technologies (including masks, physical distancing, vaccines etc)
Through a Q&A the monitors share their findings of the past 6 months.
14
MAY
2021

SASRO Webinar - Vaccines, Covid-19, and Access to Healthcare

Since the pandemic was declared by the WHO, there has been a rush to try to find ways to stop the virus. The production of a vaccine that would help both to get immunity, as well as manage the symptoms of the disease. But the race for vaccine is a complicated one. We live in a world dominated by Big Pharma, and there is a competing interest of the health of the global population, and profit. Vaccines are patented, strict and limited production is imposed, and highest bidder comes first. Vaccine apartheid or nationalism was a term coined due to the inequality in distribution to developing countries, and unequal access as countries prioritise certain groups, nationalities, ethnicities over others.

This episode looks at issues of Vaccines and international property rights, the TRIPS waiver, and the vaccine roll out in Southern Africa.

Speakers:
KM Gopakumar, Third World Network
Baba Aye, PSI Health and Social Sector Officer
Tichaona Fambisa, PSI SRS for Southern Africa
05
MAR
2021

Is Equitable access possible if the private sector is allowed to procure vaccines?

This seminar was a platform to share the actions of Civil Society in response to an attempt by Solidarity and Afriforum to promote private procurement and distribution of vaccines for COVID-19 in SA.

Solidarity and Afriforum lodged court papers to compel government to allow the private sector, NGOs and provinces to procure and distribute vaccines independent of government. The Health Justice initiative applied to be an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) and would have brought evidence as to why such as case, were it to be successful, would have disastrous effects for an equitable and effective roll out of vaccines.

The case was withdrawn before it was heard.

However, because we believe the issues are of critical importance, PHM and HJI decided to co-host this webinar to bring these issues to the attention of the wider public.

The speakers included:
Fatima Hassan - Director of the HJI
Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng - UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
Prof. Leslie London - Professor of Public Health Medicine at UCT and Steering Committee member for the PHM-SA
26
FEB
2021

Covid-19 vaccines: the new apartheid?

This webinar was organised and hosted by the International Labour, Research and Information Group (ILRIG) on 25th February 2021.

Moderated by Dr. Dale McKinley from ILRIG, the three panelists were:
Fatima Hassan - Health Justice Initiative
Dr. Lydia Cairncross - People’s Health Movement
Dr. Benjamin Kagina - Vaccines for Africa Initiative

The panelists covered a lot of ground, focusing among other things on:
the global picture of vaccine distribution, financing and inequalities;
the South African specific situation with vaccine procurement and roll out plans; and
the key sources of and responses to, vaccine scepticism and opposition.

There was a lively and extensive set of questions and comments from webinar participants. Overall, this impressive and timely webinar provided a wealth of pertinent information and grounded, activist perspectives as part of the South African and international struggle for equitable, free and accessible Covid-19 vaccines.
ILRIG Connect with Fatima on LinkedIn Connect with Benjamin on LinkedIn Connect with Lydia on LinkedIn

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