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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 11:07

Johannesburg, 28th March 2017 - Today we mourn the passing of our leader Ahmed Kathrada – a true revolutionary and stalwart of the liberation struggle. His devotion and dedication as a freedom fighter will never be forgotten. The Treatment Action Campaign sends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Kathrada in this sad time.
 
“Our freedom did not fall from the sky. It was won through the tireless efforts of many great leaders - like comrade Kathrada - who gave up their lives and families to fight against the evils of apartheid,” said Anele Yawa, TAC General...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 12:55

-        Government must urgently conduct an infection control audit of all public facilities
 
JOHANNESBURG, THURSDAY 23rd MARCH: In the run up to World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) assessed the state of TB infection control in a number of clinics across South Africa. Of 158 facilities assessed, 114 were found to be in a “RED” state with very poor infection control measures in place.
 
TB remains the leading reported cause of death with over 33 063 deaths in 2015 according to a recent Statistics South Africa report (see note at...

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 11:52

This letter was issued by the Tobeka Daki Campaign for Access to Trastuzumab to the Human Rights Council today - on International Women's Day - as they convene a panel discussion on access to medicines in the context of the right to health. The letter can be accessed here.
 
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, 
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
Email: zraad@ohchr.org...

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Friday, 3 March 2017 - 12:58

JOHANNESBURG, 3rd MARCH 2017 - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Gauteng is alarmed at the collapse of an entrance to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg yesterday. Hospitals are a place of safety and shelter, not a place where people are hurt. Our thoughts go out to those injured and we are thankful that there was no loss of life.  However, we are unequivocal that urgent steps need to be taken by MEC Ramokgopa to audit the infrastructure all Gauteng health facilities and ensure this does not happen again.
 
Today TAC Gauteng launches a fact finding...

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 13:19

JOHANNESBURG, WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH: South Africa is facing an ongoing crisis in the public healthcare system. The 2015 General Household Survey indicated that seven in every ten households use public clinics and hospitals. However, when they access these facilities they are faced with dysfunction. Hospitals that leave patients on stretchers without being seen. Doctors in short supply who take weeks to see patients in critical condition. Arriving at clinics at 5am only to wait in inordinately long queues for the whole day. Waiting for hours in urgent need of emergency care, for...

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