Seminar One: "Deadly Practices: Esidimeni and beyond" (Part 1)

This podcast is Part One of an audio recording of the first of two seminars in the seminar series that was linked to the Deadly Medicine Travelling Exhibition (22 February - 26 March 2018) of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre. Seminar one was titled “Deadly Practices: Esidimeni and beyond” and was held at Stellenbosch University on the 16th of April 2018.

Part one consists of short presentations of the speakers about their work as follows:

  • 00:00 - 5:36: Opening by the Director of the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Mr Richard Freedman
  • 5:40 - 9:45: Christina Teichman, Project Manager at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • 9:55 - 15:46: Chairperson Prof Leslie Swartz from the Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
  • 15:59 - 30:15: Annie Robb on the facts of what happened, the process and the activism around the Esidimeni tragedy where 144 mental health patients died after being moved from Life Esidimeni hospital to unlicensed NGOs
  • 31:38 - 46:23: Charlene Sunkel on placing Esidimeni in the global mental health context
  • 47:45 - 1:06:14: Charlotte Capri on “Esidimenis are going on all the time
  • 1:07:08 - 1:23:18: Prof Bonga Chiliza on the responsibilities of health professionals and the state in the wake of the tragedy

View the video footage of the seminar.

Human rights
Empowerment and service user involvement
Task sharing
All disorders
Level of evidence: 
Evaluation in progress
Older adults
Families and carers
Specialist care
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