n Law, Democracy & Development - Tracking South Africa's progress on health care rights : are we any closer to achieving the goal

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



Health for all by the year 2000 was the call of the World Health Organisation (WHO) 20 years ago. Yet in the year 2002, South Africa is still grappling with the legacy of discriminatory and oppressive apartheid policies that pose an ongoing challenge to the health of its people. It is facing a crisis of phenomenal proportions with a significant decline in the average life expectancy of its people While this decline can to a large extent be attributed to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, on a national level, factors such as the legacy of apartheid, poverty, malnutrition and violence are also largely responsible.

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