A unified quality health care system which provides equal access to HIV prevention and treatment services for all people
To ensure that every person living with HIV has access to quality comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life
TAC will achieve its mission by –
Overview of TAC
Founded on 10 December 1998 in Cape Town, South Africa, The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) advocates for increased access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV and campaigns to reduce new HIV infections. With more than 16,000 members, 267 branches and 72 full time staff members, TAC has become the leading civil society force behind comprehensive health care services for people living with HIV&AIDS in South Africa. Since 1998, TAC has held government accountable for health care service delivery; campaigned against official AIDS denialism; challenged the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to make treatment more affordable and cultivated community leadership on HIV and AIDS. Our efforts have resulted in many life-saving interventions, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programmes. For our efforts TAC has received world-wide acclaim and numerous international accolades, including a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. On 30 August 2006 the New York Times named TAC, “the world’s most effective AIDS group”.
Community Health Advocacy (CHA): TAC’s CHA programme strengthens awareness of and advocates for greater access to comprehensive HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support services, including social referral services, at a grass-roots community level. The CHA programme also provides leadership and advocacy training to people living with HIV/AIDS, communities, partners and individuals in order to encourage and support social and community mobilisation aimed at increasing access to and uptake of HIV and TB-related health services. In addition TAC’s CHA programme has recently begun to intensify its women’s rights work by leading campaigns to end violence against women and mobilising communities around women’s rights. For more information about our CHA programme please follow this link.
Policy, Communications and Research (PCR): TAC’s PCR department is responsible for: monitoring and engaging with health policy processes at the national, provincial and district level; disseminating information on the science of HIV and TB through the production of high-quality, accessible public-health education materials; communicating developments in HIV and TB policy and science to TAC’s staff and membership base; and, liaising with media to promote TAC’s advocacy and campaigns work. If you would like to know more about TAC’s PCR department please click here.
Together TAC’s programmes facilitate access to comprehensive HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support services; provide scientific literacy training on prevention and treatment on an increasingly mass scale; coordinate, distil and disseminate scientific research and policy developments on HIV&AIDS and TB at the community grass-roots level ; and organize and advocate with member communities to mobilise and take up issues of health policy and service delivery.
TAC’s Strategic Objectives
The TAC's objectives are described in the organisation's Constitution and are as follows: