When a woman is pregnant she hopes for a healthy baby that she can take care of until that child becomes an adult. In 1998 I became pregnant with my first child. I was only 18 years old and I had just started dating and had sex for the first time. During my pregnancy my doctor asked to take some bloods for testing and I agreed. He just told me that he would be testing for infections that might affect the baby and he never explained to me what type of infection he would be checking for. When a woman is pregnant she hopes for a healthy baby that she can take care of until that child becomes...Read more
Durban, 18 February 2008
On Friday 25 January 2008, the Department of Health announced that a new Prevention of Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) protocol would be released. The new protocol includes what is known as dual-antiretroviral prophylaxis. The TAC has welcomed this improvement which will prevent many babies...Read more
The Department of Health has finally released the new prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) protocol.
The Department of Health has finally released the new prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) protocol. It can be downloaded here.
TAC welcomes the improvements over the old protocol. We urge health facilities with capacity to begin implementing it.
Read our statement of 30 January which explains what we are pleased about and...Read more
On 12 February 2008, TAC and the AIDS Law Project (ALP) made a submission to the Panel for the Independent Assessment of Parliament. About 30 TAC members attended the session and also heard an excellent submission from the Legal Resources Centre.
"The Constitution places specific obligations on Parliament which are essential to maintaining our democratic form of government. Amongst these requirements are the obligations to involve the public in the legislative process, provide guidance and limits on the powers of the executive, and maintain active oversight over the actions of...Read more