Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998

Eastern Cape Health Crisis

TAC has been active in the Eastern Cape since the early 2000s. In recent years, together with SECTION27, TAC has been the driving force behind the Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) – a coalition of over 20 partner organisations including doctors, unions and patient groups. Our work has led to direct interventions from the National Department of Health and contributed to the removal of former MEC for Health (provincial minister) Sicelo Gqobana. We also litigated in relation to the infamous Village Clinic in Lusikisiki and helped set the stage for the 2015 Human Rights Commission investigation into emergency medical services in the province. Even so, the situation in the Eastern Cape remains critical and we will continue to monitor it and to seek solutions through all the means at our disposal.