[LISTEN] The relationship between the law and cancer in South Africa and beyond

Cancer as a medical condition is a neglected public health problem according to Dr Charles Maimela, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private Law at University of Pretoria (UP).

Maimela who has recently completed his LLD with the University of South Africa embarked on a study to draw a comparative analysis between the law and cancer.

He sat down with Azania to share his insights.

The relationship between law and cancer comes up in the issue of regulation. The issue of the relationship between the law and its subjects. We drill it down to Section 27 which is the right to access to healthcare services. We furthermore go to the role of the National Cancer Association of South Africa with regard to making sure that government plans for chronic medical conditions like cancer...

Dr Charles Maimela, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private Law at UP

The relationship between law and cancer is very pertinent with the issue of fighting cancer, to say do we cater for cancer patients to be able to access work.

Dr Charles Maimela, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private Law at UP

And we bear in mind the socio-economic standing of our country as we see it today that most cancer patients often found outside of the employment context and how do we then treat this medical condition which is so expensive and you cannot access work because you are termed to have had a death sentence on you and so you no longer exist.

Dr Charles Maimela, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private Law at UP

Cancer patients are often discriminated against on the basis of lack of awareness - to say if you have cancer it is the end of the road.

Dr Charles Maimela, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private Law at UP

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