Skip to content

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

Introducing the newest Echoing Green Fellows! HJI’s Fatima Hassan is a 2023 EG Fellow

We are excited to announce that we have been selected to be a part of the 2023 Echoing Green fellowship. You can read more about the Echoing Green fellowship for 2023 below and find out more about the very diverse cohort as well. Our Chairperson, Dr Manjra and Fatima’s messages about the fellowship news can be read here.

Open the Contracts: Court rules in favour of vaccine transparency

On 17 August 2023, the Pretoria High Court ruled in our favour in our bid to compel the National Department of Health to provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine procurement contracts. The Court ordered (per Millar J) that all COVID-19 vaccine contracts must be made public, and the costs of the case were awarded in our favour.

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

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  Administrator (Althea Adonis). 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.

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