Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 09:14

by Johnny Clegg
 
In September last year I was shocked to learn that Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in South Africa.
 
Over the years many of my friends, including members of my earlier music projects, contracted TB but were thankfully diagnosed early and we were able to help them. Two years ago, the daughter of my French manager contracted TB. When I heard of TB’s deadly impact last year, I began to take interest in this disease and some interesting facts caught my attention.  The first is that TB is a bacteria which can live...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 08:58

- Johnny Clegg joins fight against TB and announces financial support for TAC
 
- 5,000 marchers demand that MPs get tested for TB, and that Parliament holds government departments to account on TB

5,000 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), partner organisations, health professionals and responsible citizens are marching to Parliament in Cape Town today - World TB Day 2015. We will ask all Members of Parliament to show their solidarity with us by getting tested for TB.
 
A recent report published by the South African National...

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Friday, 6 March 2015 - 11:54

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) notes that the Portfolio Committee on Health is currently considering proposed amendments to the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act No. 101 of 1965. We also note that a number of presentations have been made to the committee by representatives from the complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) industry.
 
Given these current discussions, we wish to restate our position on the regulation of CAMs.
 
1. CAMs that are found by the regulator to be safe and of good quality should be allowed on the market. People who want...

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 12:49

On Friday 27th February the GroundUp website published a letter from doctors in the Free State. The letter listed a number of specific and very serious allegations relating to the collapse of the Free State healthcare system. Based on our own experience in the Free State we find the allegations to be credible. The letter is both an indictment of the current management of the Free State healthcare system and a call for help from committed doctors. The letter can be read here. 
 
On Saturday 28th...

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Friday, 27 February 2015 - 14:07

On Friday 20th February TAC wrote to the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department leading on the finalisation of the National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy that affects medicine pricing. The policy has been in development for over six years now and crossed three ANC-led administrations. We did not receive a response on when the policy would be finalised. We will continue to pressure the DTI and government going forward to ensure the law in South Africa is in line with international standards to protect access to medicines. You can read the letter below.
 
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