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Delays in Registration of ARVs: Letter by the HIV Clinicians Society

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society has written a letter to the Minister of Health about the delay in the registration of antiretrovirals by the Medicines Control Council. TAC endorses it.

Damning City Press reports of a health system crumbling

These three reports by Anna-Maria Lombard in City Press (14 February 2010) paint a damning picture of the South African public health system.

Medicine Stockouts - 3 stories from City Press


National Stockouts

South Africa’s already crippled state hospitals have run out of life-saving medicines.

TAC hosts press conference on HPV vaccine access with message of support from Annie Lennox

Click here to view Video Clip on YouTube

Today, Tuesday 11 November, the Treatment Action Campaign hosted a press conference to draw attention to our recent global call for affordable access to HPV vaccines for developing countries.

TAC issues global call for affordable access to HPV vaccines in the developing world

TAC has issued the following global call for affordable access to HPV vaccines in non-OECD (developing) countries. Copies of the statement below will be delivered to representatives of Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, the manufactures and patent-holders of the Gardasil© and Ceravix© HPV vaccines , respectively, in the near future. We ask individuals and organisations to please add their sign-ons to this important campaign:

"This is a request to reduce the price of the vaccine to $10.00 for all non-OECD countries. It is our firm belief that in the long-run the volumes generated by global access will ensure a reasonable profit for your shareholders. But, above all, this will save countless lives of women and girls now.

We also request that your companies co-operate with the public health sector to undertake efficacy trials in men and boys with a focus on MSM.

Scaling Up Antiretroviral Therapy and the Struggle for Health for All

Do you remember where you were 8 years ago? I remember it distinctly. In the summer of 2000, I was in Durban for the first -and so far only - international AIDS conference held on African soil. There are many unkind things said about these events, but those few days in South Africa changed the lives of millions of people forever. I still get shivers when I remember the challenge directed at us by Edwin Cameron, a justice of the South African Supreme Court of Appeal and an openly HIV-positive, gay man. He said: Those of us who live affluent lives, well-attended by medical care and treatment, should not ask how Germans or white South Africans could tolerate living in proximity to moral evil. We do so ourselves today, in proximity to the impending illness and death of many millions of people with AIDS.

The Wrongs of Matthias Rath

Matthias Rath is the definitive charlatan. Armed with huge amounts of money, megalomania, a lack of conscience and most importantly, the support of South Africa's incompetent Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, Rath has sown confusion in South Africa about the treatment and prevention of HIV. The Rath saga demonstrates how damaging politically-supported AIDS denialism is.

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Protocol Released

The Department of Health has finally released the new prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) protocol.

TAC Electronic Newsletter


  • Message of condolence to Minister Jeff Radebe and the family of Ian Phillips

Calls on Novartis to drop Indian court case


  • Joint TAC/MSF statement: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu calls on Novartis to drop Indian court case

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