International Council of Nurses calls for end of stigma against leprosy...


Geneva Switzerland, Tokyo, Japan; 27 January 2015 - Today, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) announced its support for the Global Appeal 2015 to End Stigma and Discrimination Against People Affected by Leprosy at a ceremony hosted by The Nippon Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. 


The Global Appeal was held with the aim of strengthening understanding of leprosy and encouraging participation in efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination of the disease by the more than 16 million nurses worldwide, who work closely with people affected by leprosy.


Because of the stigma, people affected by leprosy face social rejection—even after they are cured. Whole families are marginalized, sometimes with devastating results. As the world’s largest group of health professionals, nurses are committed to alleviating physical and mental suffering and promoting the health of all people, without prejudice.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 190 thousand people suffer from leprosy, a chronic disease which mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes. Leprosy is curable and has been eliminated from 119 countries out of 122 countries, yet myths and misconceptions about the disease persist.


As part of the Global Appeal, ICN affirms the right of people affected by leprosy to receive treatment and care, and calls for an end to the discrimination they and their families face.   ICN supports the right of people affected by leprosy to live in dignity as full members of the community, enjoying equal access to all their human rights.


The Nippon Foundation has been championing the rights of people with leprosy since 2006.  During this period, they have been tireless in raising public awareness, mobilizing the support of world leaders, and joining forces with those organisations, such as ICN, who have a commitment to human rights in general.


The launching ceremony was attended by ICN President, Dr Judith Shamian; the Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Mr Yohei Saskawa; presidents of various nursing associations around the world, representatives from the United Nations; people affected by leprosy; and nurses and other professionals engaged in the care of people affected by leprosy.  The ceremony was followed by an international symposium on leprosy featuring sessions on nursing and medical care, history preservation, and societal responses to the disease, now

and in the future.

Note for Editors

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.



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Outcomes of the DENOSA 7th National Congress...

Media statement

Monday, 26 January 2015 

Outcomes of the DENOSA 7th National Congress

We are not prepared to tolerate the dysfunctional health services due to chronic shortage of staff and unfavourable working environment!


The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) reconvened its 7th National Congress from 22 to 24 January at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, which it had adjourned on 1 November 2014. 

The congress, which was attended by over 590 delegates, and 547 voting delegates, deliberated robustly on a number of pertinent issues concerning the organisation and the profession. It deliberated and resolved on seven pillars that affect the functioning of the organisation under Political, organisational, Gender, Socio-economic, International, Nursing Profession and Constitutional commissions. 

The congress called on all its members and all working people to support its Call of Action as the nurses of South Africa have spoken and DENOSA, their organisation, has listened. It acknowledged that COSATU is faced with internal battles that resulted to the formation of new unions and other political and or social movements. 

The congress made declarations and pronounced on the following key points:  

The congress has reaffirmed DENOSA’s affiliation to COSATU and called for unity in COSATU. The congress further reaffirmed its support of the ruling party, ANC, in the upcoming Local Government Elections in 2016. The congress declared that nurses are not prepared to tolerate the dysfunctional health services due to chronic shortage of staff and unfavourable working environment! Nurses are demanding the decent remuneration of nurses as they are the BACKBONE of healthcare system! Nurses are not being fairly paid for the valuable service they provide!

The congress resolved on the following:


The congress called on South African Nursing Council (SANC), as a regulatory body for nursing and an accreditation institution to close down the bogus nursing colleges with immediate effect, as their flourishing negatively affects the profession. These bogus institutions produce people that are not registerable with the South African Nursing Council and thus cannot be employed to work as nurses.

The congress also resolved on the following: 

  • The new nursing curriculum must be postponed due to lack of readiness for its implementation.
  • To engage SANC on CPD Point System for more clarity. For the time being, the implementation of CPD point system must be postponed until clarity is sought.
  • SANC must decentralize offices to provincial levels, and not only be based at head office in Pretoria.
  • SANC must explain the rationale of increasing the annual licensing fees, and must consult nurses broadly before implementing the increase in annual fees.
  • Financial statement of SANC must be made known to nurses.
  • SANC must regulate the tutor-learner ratio to improve the quality of nursing education.
  • SANC must be involved in improving the working conditions of nurses in the country.
  • Clinical Facilitators must be appointed with immediate effect to improve the quality of nursing education.
  • SANC must do the inspection of the training institutions and hospitals as required by the Nursing Act.
  • Nurses must improve the image of nursing by dressing properly, and wearing neat uniform.
  • SANC must be involved in the student accommodation crisis and the training facilities.
  • DENOSA must lobby for a progressive Registrar at SANC for the next term of office in the Council.
  • Midwifery must not be a prerequisite in doing unrelated post-basic diploma.
  • The Nursing Strategy must be implemented with immediate effect.



The congress called on shortage of nurse educators and staff in the hospitals to be addressed with immediate effect as it adversely affects the nursing education and health services respectively. The congress also resolved that:

  • Students must receive equal uniform allowance as the nurses in full employment.
  • DENOSA must take a strong position on payment of acting allowance to nurses.
  • The salaries of nurses must be reviewed based on valuable work they do in the health sector.
  • There must be a campaign to pursue the nurse-to-patient ratio, as nurses take care of far too many patients at facilities due largely to a slow pace in hiring new nurses.
  • There must be an establishment of a task team on nurses’ uniform.
  • Access the pension fund to alleviate poverty in government employees. The funding model of student nurses must be PERSAL/salary system and not the bursary system. The latter has created a plethora of problems for students, the majority of whom come from poor families.


The congress resolved on developing a layer of women leadership in order to be effective in their leadership roles. Support the vulnerable groups, the female nurses in general and female students in particular against gender violence.

DENOSA constitution on gender representation must be practiced in all structures of the organization so that gender balance is reflected. Other resolutions are the following:

  • Condemn the discrimination of homosexuality in both society and leadership structures of the organization. To this end we reaffirm the COSATU campaign on condemning discrimination against homosexuality. 
  • Call for the tightening of security at facilities by provision of competent security personnel as nurses often fall victims of violence. 


The congress supports COSATU campaign in total burn of E-Tolls and the labour brokers and rejects the Youth Wage Subsidy as it is not addressing the youth unemployment but creates exploitation of youth by the employers. The congress undertook that the organisation ensures the implementation of NHI to improve the health services to the people. Other resolutions are that:

  • NUMSA must be reinstated back to COSATU in realizing 2015 plan of uniting workers and reaching the 4 million membership.
  • COSATU must call a special national congress by April 2015.
  • DENOSA rejects any plans by anyone to block or frustrate the holding of the COSATU Special National Congress. Such plans fly in the face of the November 2014 CEC processes which are aimed at resolving the current impasse within COSATU.
  • DENOSA rejects and disassociates itself from the formation of SAPSU and United Front.
  • Affiliation of LIMUSA to COSATU must be rejected.
  • Call on SACP to play the role of being a vanguard of the working class and play a reconciliatory role in the federation. The party must refrain from playing the dividing role in the labour movement. 
  • The alliance must be a political centre, not the ANC. 


The congress affirmed that DENOSA must support the “Free Palestine” Campaign by boycotting products from Israel. Support the #BringBackOurGirls campaign in Nigeria.

It also called on the state to tighten all the entry points such as borders and ports to control diseases i.e. Ebola, Malaria and other infectious diseases. DENOSA supports the struggle of workers and other social ills across the borders of SA such as Swaziland, Mozambique and other SADC countries. DENOSA supports the Global Green Economy. DENOSA will Continue to support the regional (SADC) nursing organisations and associations, and to support nursing organisations and nurses in the hard-hit and war-torn areas in the continent.




Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

For more information, contact:

Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President

Mobile: 079 501 4922


Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663



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DENOSA urges potential student nurses to beware of bogus nursing colleges...

Media statement

Thursday, 15 January 2015

As matriculants of 2014 are currently making up the long queues around the country’s institutions of higher learning for a space to enroll, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to urge those who will be pursuing a career in nursing to be extremely careful of fly-by-night nursing colleges this time of the year as they plan to take advantage of desperate students who are looking for placement.

Bogus nursing colleges are a normal feature during this time, which offer training that is not assessed and accredited by the South African Nursing Council (SANC), which is a regulatory body for nursing in the country. Any nursing institution that is not accredited by SANC or a training programme offered by such institution to student nurses are not regarded as legitimate institutions and programmes.

Even if an institution is accredited, each and every programme offered to students must also be accredited, or else such students won’t be able to practice as nurses in South Africa upon completion of their studies.

DENOSA would like to caution about the long process it takes for such institutions to reimburse students their monies when it is discovered by law enforcement agencies. The repayment process is so long that a student may not be able enroll at any other accredited institution in the same year, as closing dates would ordinarily have long passed.

Potential nursing students and their parents should first check with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) if the nursing institution they intend to study at is accredited by visiting or call SANC call centre on 012 420 1000. SANC has a list of all accredited nursing institutions in each province, both public and private.

DENOSA would like to encourage those young people with a passion for caring and nursing to pursue a career in the profession, as the country is experiencing a shortage of nurses. The average age of a nurse in South Africa is over 40 years, which is an indication that nurses nearing retirement are in the majority in the profession. 


Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

For more information, contact:

Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President

Mobile: 079 501 4922


Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Tel: 012 343 2315



Facebook: DENOSA National Page

Twitter: @DENOSAORG       

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From Ntandane Nyebe, a nurse in Cape Town. 

As the backbone of any healthcare system in the world, it is my honest opinion that nurses deserve proper compensation for the hard work they put in in improving the health of South Africans. After all, nurses are the proverbial Alpha and Omega. The following 10 points are the reasons.    

1. We are short staffed- one person does a work that should have been done by 4 people.

2. We have gone through formal education, we have got degrees etc, we are accountable to a nurses' board, we got to be paid decent salaries like Pharmacists and doctors- YES.

3. The health institutions do not have enough of the unskilled workers e.g. porters and cleaners- Nurses are then forced to work as unkilled workers-on top of their scope of practice, when the need arises.

4. There are many instances where doctors go & do shopping at the malls when they are on call, or simply some institutions have shortage of doctors- when an emergency situation arises- a nurse does a work that was supposed to be done by the doctor to save the client. Same case when there no social workers- nurses must run around doing what was supposed to be done by a social worker.

5. We do a risky job - I've heard of many nurses & docs who died from contagious diseases- especially trauma staff.

6. The governing party admitted in 2011 that there is a dire shortage of nurses in SA, which means nursing is a scarce skill in SA and the last time I checked professionals with scarce skills were getting paid higher salaries in SA.

7. We work under bad conditions- institutions with no proper security, lack of proper equipment etc. But we always try and do our best to improvise for the benefit of the clients.

8. Nurses who go & work overseas they don't go there just for fun or to experience different culture- they leave because they feel they are being overlooked by Government in terms of salary- meanwhile SA loses specialised nurses with experience - Government who cares about its people would try and keep nurses by raising salaries.

9. We deserve better. Our Government can afford to increase our salaries by 100%. There is money in SA- we have seen structural developments in SA & they have been built by companies who have been paid millions and billions.

10. ANC Government promised to increase salary of Nurses when they were in Mangaung in 2012/13. 

I Thank You


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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in its current form was established on 5 December 1996.

The organisation was formed through political consensus after the transition to democracy and was mandated by its membership to represent them and unite the nursing profession. Prior to this, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and the South African Nurses Association (SANA) were statutory bodies which all nurses had to join. It was also important after the transition to democracy to incorp... Read more