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Walking the Talk for People's National Health Insurance

Walking the Talk for People's National Health Insurance

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The People's Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA) works to improve the capacity of individuals and communities to realise their rights to health and to universal access to excellent, equitable health services.

PHM-SA consists of activists who subscribe to the People’s Charter for Health and who actively participate in our work.

So please join the PHM-SA Steering Committee and other activist members in "walking the talk" of Health for All on Africa Day  Sat 25 May

We will meet at 7h45 on the corner of Mew Way & Spine Road, Khayelitsha, Cape Town (see for a map)

Please also donate towards this effort to raise funds in support of our capacity building work of a People's National Health Insurance (NHI) campaign   

A People's NHI campaign is essential to protect the NHI from capture by vested interests opposed to its vision as a "prepayment-based health financing system for the progressive realisation of the right to healthon  care for all". See

We look forward to your walking with us, fundraising with us, and your messages of support!

Tinashe Njanji

On behalf of the 2019/2020 PHM-SA Steeering Committee


  • Sep 29, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "In memory of David, a true champion of Health for All and NHI" - James & Ros Irlam

  • May 22, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Still walking for NHI.." - Moira Irlam

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Phambili! Sorry to miss it" - Mel

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Forward to a People's NHI and quality healthcare for all!" - Estian

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Phambili nePHM" - Tinashe

  • Apr 26, 2019 - USD $ 29.18
  • "Beste beentje voor ????" - Ineke Vandermeeren

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Health for all NOW!" - Ryan Beifus

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Walking with you" - Ian

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Forward to a People's NHI " - David and Sue

  • Apr 25, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Great respect for your dedication and commitment Doc S!" - Helen Dagut

  • Apr 25, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "On the road for health for all" - Tom and Kathryn

  • Apr 25, 2019 - R 411.28
  • "Viva Health for All Viva! For a People's NHI!" - Anneleen

  • Apr 24, 2019 - USD $ 33.18
  • "alle duimen voor een goede gezondheidszorg" - Marie-José

  • Apr 24, 2019 - R 50.00
  • "This is our health system. We must shape it to serve the people. To the youth - this is OUR movement. " - Nonto

  • Apr 23, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Health for All IS possible, and soon--IF we all go for it! " - Louis Reynolds

  • Apr 21, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Forward to a People's NHI !" - James & Ros IRLAM

  • Apr 18, 2019 - R 1 048.76
  • "let's get going to a People's NHI!" - Leslie London

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Donations to date

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Fundraising target

R 20 000.00

People's Health Movement South Africa

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The People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA) is the South African Chapter of the People’s Health Movement (PHM), a global network of grassroots activists, civil society and academics, predominantly from low and middle income countries. PHM-SA was started in 2003 by a small group of health activists, and launched in 2007 with its Right to Health Campaign.

PHM’s understanding of “Health” corresponds to the World Health Organisation’s definition of health as a state of complete mental, physical and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Therefore, PHM-SA does not limit its work to advocating for improved healthcare services for all. It also works with communities and civil society organisations to improve the social determinants of health (SDH), i.e. “the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.”

South Africa has become the most unequal society in the world, as measured by the Gini coefficient. Despite our progressive Constitution, the rights of the majority of our people – to dignity, life, freedom and security, privacy, health – are violated on a daily basis by the conditions in which they live. Currently, and for the foreseeable future, the majority of people in South Africa’s informal settlements, sprawling townships, rural areas and on farms, live in unhealthy, even life threatening, conditions. All people, especially growing, developing children, require adequate nutrition, access to adequate and safe drinking water, sanitation services and comprehensive primary health care.

The mission of PHM-SA is to improve the capacity of individuals and communities to realise their right to health and health care, and to advocate for a Primary Health Care approach, as defined in the Declaration of Alma Ata. PHM uses the term PHC in its broad, developmental sense, affirming health as a social, economic and political issue and, above all, as a fundamental human right. Fulfilment of this right requires not only universal access to excellent, equitable health services, but also concerted intersectoral state action to address the SDH. These are universally-recognised socio-economic rights essential for health, embodied in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) as well as the South African Bill of Rights.