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A Joint Statement by Treatment Action Campaign, Treatment Action Group, HIV i-Base, European AIDS Treatment Group and SECTION27

17 November 2011

The exorbitant price of AIDS medicines, especially antiretrovirals, has been one of the main barriers to people with HIV accessing them, especially in developing countries. As activist organisations we have been at the forefront of many of the struggles to make medicines affordable.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) calls on government to amend South Africa’s Patents Act and protect our right to health

Press release
16 November 2011

(Cape Town) - Ten years ago this week, member countries of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) signed the Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health (“the Doha Declaration”). Members were gathered in Doha to discuss valid concerns that an international agreement to protect intellectual property – the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)[1] - would undermine the ability of countries to achieve the right to health.

The Medicines Control Council must be allowed to fulfil its duty to protect health

Treatment Action Campaign Comment on Medicines Control Council and others v Adcock Ingram and another: urgent rescission application

TAC Briefing on adult and adolescent Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)

TAC supports voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) because of the clear evidence that it reduces a heterosexual man’s risk of contracting HIV. TAC’s previous briefings on VMMC explain this evidence in detail and remain largely correct. This briefing highlights the evidence that has emerged from follow up trials.

Activists running for health

The runners for health, a group of activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) are taking up the challenge to encourage other fellow activists and ordinary people living with HIV to join this new wellness and physical health initiative.

TAC submission on draft guidelines for the registration of complementary medicines

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has submitted comment to the registrar of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) on draft guidelines for the registration of complementary medicines.

TAC Letter requesting for the designation of treatment for hepatitis B and C as prescribed minimum benefit conditions

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has written a letter to the Council for Medical Schemes requesting for the designation of treatment for hepatitis B and C as prescribed minimum benefit conditions

TAC remembers Winstone Zulu (1964-2011)

Winstone Zulu, the first Zambian to live openly with HIV, a brave AIDS activist who rebelled against Thabo Mbeki's AIDS denialism and an outspoken proponent for the rights of people with HIV and TB, died on 12 October 2011.

The Final Hearing In Zoliswa Nkonyana Murder Case

On 7 October 2011 judgment was finally delivered for the nine men accused of murdering Zoliswa Nkonyana more than five years ago.  Four were found guilty, while the other five were released.  The case has been characterized by various failures of the criminal justice system in an area overburdened by crime.  Proceedings have been postponed more than forty times, suspects have escaped, evidence has been collected improperly, investigations were bungled, and the cases against most of the accused have been dismissed for lack of evidence.

TAC UMgungundlovu Helps Revive Songonzima Clinic Committee

For four years there was no clinic committee at Songonzima clinic near Elandskop in Kwazulu-Natal. As a result, serious service delivery problems at the clinic persisted. Then the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) UMgungundlovu district office got involved – and now things are looking up.

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