Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 15:13

JOHANNESBURG, 1ST SEPTEMBER 2016: From today all people living with HIV in South Africa are eligible to receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the public healthcare system. Previously only people with CD4 counts of 500 cells/mm3 or less were eligible for ART.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes this development. Last year the landmark START trial showed that starting ART earlier is better for your health than waiting for your immune system to weaken. Based on the findings from the START trial we updated our position on ART in July 2015 and called for all people...

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 16:12

TAC calls on all people living in South Africa to resist corruption and state capture and to hold those responsible accountable.
JOHANNESBURG, 25th AUGUST 2016: South Africa is facing one of the most serious political crises since the end of apartheid. The latest expression of this crisis is the unprecedented and legally unsound attack by the Hawks on the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. This attack is part of a long-running and systematic programme of state capture by various corrupt politicians.
We don’t believe President...

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Sunday, 7 August 2016 - 22:14

BLOEMFONTEIN, 8th AUGUST 2016: Today the #BopheloHouse94 are appearing in Bloemfontein High Court. The community healthcare workers (CHWs) are appealing their conviction in October 2015 in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. A conviction that found them guilty of violating the Regulation of Gatherings Act for attending a peaceful night vigil outside the provincial health department.
The #BopheloHouse94 are making two main arguments. Firstly, that the Magistrate interpreted the Regulation of Gathering Act wrong and an un-notified gathering is not a prohibited...

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016 - 15:32

JOHANNESBURG, 2nd AUGUST 2016: Cabinet recently approved a new Intellectual Property (IP) Consultative Framework for South Africa. This follows a Draft National IP Policy published for comment in 2013 – on which we and many other groups commented.[1] The 2013 Draft National IP Policy committed to reforming South Africa’s patent law to address shortcomings that impede medicine access. The Consultative Framework now presents a process for finalisation of the Draft Policy.
We welcome progress by the Department of Trade...

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Monday, 1 August 2016 - 15:49

21st July 2016, Durban: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the momentus U-turn made by UNAIDS this week at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. Prior to the conference, UNAIDS rhetoric overstated the likelihood of ending AIDS. We believe this overstatement has contributed to political and donor complacency regarding AIDS.
In a decisive break from their previous public statements, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe this week said that the world is not currently heading toward an end to AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. At a...

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