Communication

South Africa

2016-11-28

Country: South Africa
City / Location: Gauteng Province
Period / Date: 21 October 2015 to date
Subject: Information received concerning the death, since March 2016, of at least 37 persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities after they were relocated from Life Healthcare Esidimeni Hospital to non-governmental organizations in Gauteng and the situation of some 1900 people who have been transferred or discharged from there to unknown locations without adequate support, following a decision by the Gauteng Department of Health to terminate its contract with the above-mentioned hospital, without a supplementary plan to upscale community-based support services and adequate deinstitutionalization housing plans.

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