Event: Literacy and Campaign Strategy Workshop On the National Health Insurance (NHI) and the Public Health System

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DATE :         Saturday, 7 November 2009
TIME :         10h30 to 16h30
VENUE :         D3 lecture theatre, 3rd floor, Old Red Cross Building, Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Klipfontein Road, Rondebosch

Aims and Objectives

1.    To build the literacy of activists on the NHI, the public health system and privatised health care;
2.    To build a common critical understanding on the content of the NHI;
3.    To debate and develop a campaign strategy and programme of action on the NHI; and
4.    To relate the NHI campaign to long-term strategies required for the rest of the health system and strengthening of community based movements focusing on health.

This is an important workshop for all concerned with the crisis in the public health system. The future of the NHI and the entire health system rests in the hands of the people. With clarity, organisation, unity and purposeful action we can win a good NHI and an efficient, high quality, decommodified and universally available public health system.

Build your knowledge! Mobilise! Build the Campaign! Mobilise for an efficient health system!

Proposed Workshop Programme

1.    Arrival and registration                                                    10h00 – 10h30

2.    Welcome, opening and introductions                                 10h30 – 10h45

3.    Inputs                                                                             10h45 – 12h00

a.    The crisis in the public health system (Invited: Mark Heywood, TAC)
b.    A critique of the private health system (Invited: Noel Nair, SAMWUMED)
c.    The ANC proposal for an NHI (Invited: Tebogo Phadu, ANC NHI Task Team)

4.    Commissions                                                                  12h00 – 13h00

a.    Content of the NHI and the related crisis in the public health system & 13h30 – 15h00
b.    The private health system
c.    Building the campaign (strategy, community mobilisation, lobbying, etc.)

5.    Commission reports and way forward                               15h00 – 15h45

6.    Closing remarks                                                               15h45 – 16h00

Workshop documents (will be sent separately)

1.    Literacy leaflets from the UCT Health Economics Unit
2.    Presentation on NHI
3.    Articles in the last Amandla magazine on the NHI (www.amandla.org.za)


1.    Mercia Andrews – 082 368 3429 &
2.    Damaris Fritz – 0768139706 &
3.    Mama Darlinah Tyawana – 0732210354 &
4.    Richard October – 0835056911 &
5.    Alan Jackson -083 254 8724 &
6.    Mazibuko K. Jara – 083 651 0271 &

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