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Western Cape Provincial Health Summit - BLACK SASH, 17 April 09

The Western Cape Provincial Health Summit

Friday, 17th - Saturday, 18th April 2009

UCT Medical School, Anzio Road, Observatory

The Cape Metropolitan Health Forum - in association with SANGOCO, COSATU, South African Council of Churches (SACC); People’s Health Movement; Provincial Government Western Cape; Treatment Action Campaign; Black Sash and a range of stakeholders -are hosting a Health Summit on Friday, 17th and Saturday, 18th of April 2009, at UCT Medical School in Cape Town.

The purpose of the Summit is to bring together under one roof all the role players within the health and health-related sectors in order to provide an opportunity to interact and share ideas on how best the various partners can approach and deal with issues of accelerated healthcare and related services with the view of ensuring health rights for all.

Civil society representatives from rural and urban areas of the Western Cape are attending the Summit in anticipation of the following expected outcomes:

  • To unite stakeholders around a common health agenda.
  • To produce a health map to address various challenges.
  • To kick-start a strategy for engagement with the Department of Health for 2009

and beyond.

On Day 1 – civil society met to build a knowledge base in relation to health rights for all. To facilitate this process, the following presentations were made:

Discussions were facilitated by Ms Damaris Fritz (Metropolitan Community Health Forum); Nkwame Cedile (PHM-SA) and Fredelene Booysens (Treatment Action Campaign – Western Cape).

For further information, please contact:

Tasneem Gamieldien

082 315 9435 

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