In the wake of a high incidence of HIV and TB co-infection, the Gauteng department of Health and Social Development has shut down three TB hospitals in the province as a cost cutting strategy (the move is said to be foreseen to save the Province approximately R3 million per year). In a statement issued by [...]
Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mopani District together with partner organisations hosted an HIV Counseling and Testing Campaign in Tzaneen Town last month (October 2010). The main activities for TAC members was to mobilise people to go for HIV testing where the actual counseling and pricking was conducted by Hope Humana and Kutso Kurhula at [...]
In the name of Team Building, mixed-gender Team of Community Health Workers in the Mopani District engaged in a fun soccer game in September this year as part of their Team Building exercise. Jeaneth Mkhawane was selected player of the match. Watch a Video here. More photographs during the game can be viewed here.
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TAC supports the right2know campaign that was also endorsed by COSATU where a number of TAC activist together with other organizations took to the street protesting against the Protection of information bill also known as the secrecy bill.
This is our TAC Umgungundlovu District newsletter
By Mark Heywood, Director of the AIDS Law Project
Last week the great and good of the South African private health industry and the national Health Department gathered for four days at Sun City to deliberate on the future of health care and the proposed system of National Health Insurance (NHI). They started their conference with a golf day and ended with a banquet, dress: ‘black tie or traditional’. Whilst the pro- and not-so-sure NHI’ers differed on the conference floor, they mixed easily on the dance floor.
Intense debates about the future health system took place, with much sound and fury about equality in access to health care services. But, an unfolding health crisis in the Free State was neither noticed nor discussed.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world's largest pharmaceutical developers, and Aspen Pharmacare, South Africa's largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, intend to merge their South African operations. As part of the merger, most of GSK's South African operations will become part of Aspen. GSK will purchase 16% of Aspen's shares and become the company's single-largest shareholder.
Following submissions and correspondence from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research (CAPRISA) and the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS), assisted by the AIDS Law Project (ALP), the Competition Commission has approved the merger subject to conditions to secure generic competition of the drug abacavir.