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Proposed Economic Partnership agreement with the EU raises concerns about access to medicines

After stalling for some time, negotiations for an economic partnership agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) on the one hand and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), Mozambique and Angola on the other have recently restarted. According to an article published in Business Day on 10 February 2011, Xavier Carim - Deputy Director-General for international trade at the Department of Trade and Industry - is reported to have indicated that the EPA "should strike a balance between the levels of market access, regional harmonisation of rules, customs co-operation and safety, enforcement of intellectual property laws, competition, investment and procurement."

TAC honoured for its contribution in fighting HIV in South Africa

Today, 14 March 2011, The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and its General Secretary, Vuyiseka Dubula, will be honoured by Shared Interest at a gala event in New York.

TAC, SECTION27 and MSF South Africa call on the EU and India to stop the threats to people’s lives

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27 and Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) South Africa voice support for their partners across the world opposing provisions in a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union (EU) that threaten the sustainable supply of affordable medicines to millions of people in the developing world.

Stop AIDS Campaign and TAC applaud UK Government's backing for Global Fund

AIDS campaigners have welcomed the British Government's backing for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria which has saved more than six and a half million lives since its creation in 2002.

The announcement came as part of the Government's Multilateral Aid Review (MAR), delivered in the House of Commons yesterday by Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell.


On 12 November 2010, TAC and partners jointly sent open letters to Cepheid and Tibotec calling for affordable and expanded access to the Xpert® MTB/RIF TB diagnostic test that works on the GeneXpert® diagnostic system  and for expanded access to the drug TMC207.

The Xpert MTB/RIF is a TB diagnostic test that detects TB disease and rifampicin resistance within two hours and is much more accurate than the currently available tests at district health centres. TMC207 is an experimental drug for TB that has shown success in patients with drug resistant TB. The addition of TMC207 to standard therapy resulted in a quicker time to sputum-negative conversion for patients with drug resistant TB in a phase II clinical trial.

Attached is an overview of the responses received from Cepheid and Tibotec, as well as, developments in pricing and endorsements.

3rd NSP Report - September, October, November 2010

TAC reports on our resources for health campaign, the state of healthcare and our interventions at a district level during September through November 2010.


Resources for Health Campaign
    Fund the fund
    Financial Transaction Tax
    Monitoring budgets and expenditure
        Integrated Support Team Reports

State of healthcare in the districts
    Implementation of new guidelines – challenges and successes
    Report from Gert Sibande

Interventions at a district level
Issues spotlighted
    Tara KLamp
    Infant feeding

Gender based violence 

Judgment reaffirms rights of people with HIV to non-discrimination in employment



Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the judgment handed down by Judge Bhoola yesterday in the Labour Court in the case of Gary Shane Allpass v Mooikloof Estates (Pty) Ltd.

TAC, YN, EE, Section27 welcomes HCT for teens but cautions on approach

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), The Yezingane Network (YN), Equal Education and SECTION27 welcome the Department of Health’s plans to extend HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign to children 12 years and older. But we call for it to be done in a measured, phased manner after thorough and consultative planning.

TAC Is Recruiting: HR and District Support Head - Cape Town


RESPONSIBILITIES: (AMONG OTHERS) must stop running Christ Embassy's faith-healing adverts

Media Statement

On 2 February 2011, the Advertising Standards Committee of the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA) issued a ruling in the very long-running complaint against Christ Embassy lodged by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in November 2009.

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