First Antiretroviral Rollout Report Released at People's Health
5 July 2004
The First Monitoring Report of the Antiretroviral Rollout prepared by
the ALP and TAC will be continually updated and improved. The draft can
be downloaded from the TAC website:
It was presented at the People's Health Summit (PHS) on July 3rd 2004.
Since then the ALP has received new information and some minor
corrections to the report. These will be added in the next few days.
For further information contact Fatima Hassan of the AIDS Law Project
on 083 279 9962.
The resolutions of the PHS will be published early next week. Below is
the preamble to the resolutions:
"On July 2-4 2004 more than 530 delegates (including more than 80
health workers) representing over 60 organisations and institutions met
at the first People’s Health Summit (PHS) to discuss the crisis and
inequity in the health system and the roll-out of antiretroviral
Conference delegates expressed grave concern that in spite of many good
policies, laws and programmes -- the public health service is in crisis
and the quality of many services is in decline. This is an emergency
and needs urgent solutions from government, the private health sector
and civil society.
The PHS recognised the legacy of injustice and inequality of apartheid
on the health service of our country and our people.
Regardless of the ANC’s vision of equality in access to health there is
growing inequity between the health care received by people who can
afford to use the private sector, and those whose poverty makes them
largely or wholly dependent on the public sector. There are also
growing inequalities between urban and rural areas: amongst other
problems people in rural areas face understaffing of health facilities
and large distances to travel.
The worthy vision of the public sector as being the lead provider of
quality health care seems to have crumbled.
This crisis has come about as a result of a number of factors
including: under-funding of public health, over-funding of private
health, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a total failure to train and re-train
health workers, and a high degree of corruption and mismanagement with
regards to the management of public health services.
Our struggle is for the rights to life, health-care, dignity, equality
and social justice.
Refusing to recognise or confront this crisis is a violation of the
principle of a better life for all. All the organizations at the
People’s Health Summit committed to working with the Department of
Health all levels to build a quality people’s health service."