26th-30th November 2018
This week CoRMSA and its member organisations are organizing and apart of various activities and events in forwarding our mandate to promote and protect the human rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in South Africa.
Abigail Dawson will be participating in a social dialogue on access to health care for refugees hosted by UNISA. The panel includes the MMC of health for City of Tshwane and representatives for Doctors without Borders (MSF). Refugees and asylum seekers often form part of the group that are targeted during Afrophobic and Xenophobic hostilities in South Africa. This impacts on the situation where the particular group seeks access to health care. The aim of this conversation will be to explore ways to provide access to health care to refugees and asylum seekers. Success stories of providing access to health will be shared in order to learn from those initiatives. Solutions to problems that are identified will be sought.
CoRMSA will be hosting its final quarterly members meeting in Johannesburg. This will be followed by our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Members will be reflecting on the year that has passed and thinking about a way forward going into 2019.
Thifulufheli and Gloria will be attending Open Society Foundation (OSF), one of CoRMSA funders, 25 years commemorative celebrations in Cape Town. OSF is celebrating 25 years of grant making in South Africa, they are bringing together a number of the organisations they have supported to celebrate and engage in critical and current discussions based on the work being done.
Abigail will be attending a Health Indaba hosted by the Psycho-Social Right Forum at Johannesburg Children’s Home. The Psycho-Social Rights Forum has a number of member organisations including: Future Families, CSVR, Sophiatown Community Psychological Counselling. The aim of this dialogue is to form partnerships among the various stakeholders involved in the health sector with different roles, and together address, on one side, the difficulties faced by the participants in offering adequate services and, on the other, the main demands of our population of concern in the greater Johannesburg area. The idea is to identify common obstacles and share interests, resources, skills and capabilities, in order to support each-other and our clients.