By Lotti Rutter on 8 April, 2014 - 11:14

MEDIA INVITE – PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
ACTIVISTS DEMAND IMPROVED HEALTH SERVICES IN WESTERN CAPE
 
1500 health activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), COSATU, People’s Health Movement South Africa, and South African Medical Association (SAMA) will march to the Provincial Parliament in Cape Town, to demand urgent action to address the on-going problems in accessing quality treatment and care services across the Western Cape.
 
The TAC and partners are frustrated with the ongoing high volume of complaints about health...

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By Mary-Jane Matsolo on 3 April, 2014 - 13:08

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) thanks the 10 political parties who responded to the 11 questions in our People’s Health Manifesto. These responses have been collated in a document that can be downloaded here.  We encourage voters to engage with these unfiltered responses from political parties.
 
Below we provide the TAC’s analysis of these responses. We stress that the TAC is independent of all political parties and does not campaign for or against any parties. We...

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By Lotti Rutter on 31 March, 2014 - 12:13

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), and the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), have both expressed strong support for reform of South Africa’s patent laws. The parties were responding to questions in the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) People’s Health Manifesto. The manifesto contained 11 health-related questions, of which one asked whether parties are committed to pro-public health reform of South Africa’s patent laws. As far as we know, this is the first time that the ANC has explicitly supported the proposed reforms of South Africa’s...

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By Lotti Rutter on 28 March, 2014 - 11:02

KHAYELITSHA, 27th March 2014: Over 500 health activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) marched to Khayelitsha Hospital to demand urgent action to address the ongoing problems in accessing quality treatment and care services. The TAC is frustrated with the ongoing high volume of complaints about poor treatment and care at Khayelitsha Hospital following numerous complaints by community members facing ill treatment. As an organisation that fought for equal access to health services, TAC are compelled to again intervene in this matter and have collected further testimonials...

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By Lotti Rutter on 26 March, 2014 - 14:50

The TAC and SECTION27 call on the Minister of Health to urgently bring an end to the financial woes facing the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). The continued year-on-year delayed and non-payment by Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal speaks to a failure of governance and oversight on the part of the National Department of Health and National Parliament.  
 
The NHLS is responsible for the vast majority of HIV and tuberculosis related tests conducted in the South African public health system. It also plays a critical role in screening for cervical cancer which, in the words of...

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