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The HJI is a dedicated public health and law initiative addressing the intersection between racial and gender inequality

The HJI is a dedicated public health and law initiative addressing the intersection between racial and gender inequality

In Focus

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Who we are

HJI was founded by and is headed by Fatima Hassan, a social justice activist and health and human rights lawyer. HJI operates remotely and the team is also made up of a Senior Researcher (Dr Marlise Richter), Administrator (Althea Adonis) and Researcher (Yanga Nokhepheyi). From time-to-time HJI relies on the support of research consultants.

HJI has a strong and committed Board and Reference Advisory Group whose members provide guidance and support regularly. HJI’s multidisciplinary advisors are highly regarded in and outside of South Africa and are long-standing experts in their respective fields. Drawing on their expertise in law, public health, economics, scientific advancement, policy development, activism, and community engagement, they guide HJI on its governance, strategic focus areas and partnership models.

HJI employs a range of advocacy and research strategies to further our work including:

  • Research
  • Time-sensitive analysis and submissions
  • Convening educational webinars
  • Initiating innovative advocacy campaigns, and
  • Pursuing legal interventions that advance health equity.

We strategically use social media for information dissemination and educational purposes and to help shape progressive narratives on health justice.

Focus areas

What we deal with

Equitable Health Care

Access to Affordable Life-Saving Medicines

COVID-19 and its intersection with other chronic conditions (TB, HIV/AIDS, Cancer)

Barriers to Access to Health Care (Inequality)

Medicine Pricing and Affordability (Patents, Intellectual Property)

Pandemic Profiteering, Pricing Transparency, Corruption and Accountability

The Impact of Joblessness on ill-health and vice-versa

COVID-19 and the future of Universal Health Care in South Africa

Funders

HJI relies on the generous support of individual donors and partner organisations to fund our work. We gratefully acknowledge current support from the following organisational funders:

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