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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 - 16:18

It is with great sadness that the Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) coalition shares news of Tobeka Daki’s death. Tobeka, was a single mother from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, a daughter, a friend, a woman living with HER2 positive breast cancer, a support group member and an advocate for equal and affordable access to medicines for all.
 
Tobeka was diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer in 2013. At this time, Tobeka was told by her oncologist that she needed trastuzumab – in addition to chemotherapy – which would increase her chances of beating cancer and living a long and...

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Monday, 31 October 2016 - 16:35

JOHANNESBURG, MONDAY 31st OCTOBER: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is officially endorsing the Save South Africa campaign. In this we are joining other progressive organisations such as Corruption Watch, SECTION27, the Anglican Church, Equal Education, the Active Citizens’ Movement, CASAC, Lawyers for Human Rights, the SA NGO Coalition, the South African Christian Leaders’ Initiative and the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa.
 
TAC members will take part in the Save South Africa march planned for November 2nd in Tswane. TAC will also contribute 300 marshals to...

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 12:05

LIVERPOOL, THURSDAY 27th OCTOBER: In 2015 tuberculosis (TB) killed 1.8 million people on the planet. This is more than any other infectious disease, including HIV. Yet, investment in TB research remains disgracefully low.
 
A new report by the United States-based Treatment Action Group (TAG) launched this week showed that total global funding for TB research has fallen in the last year (from USD 686,303,295m to USD 674,036,495m). The world only invests a third of the USD 2 billion that the World Health Organisation says is needed per year if we are to end TB.
 
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 11:30

THABA NCHU, WEDNESDAY 26th OCTOBER: Today 100 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Thaba Nchu will picket the dysfunctional state of health services at GAO Clinic and Moroka Hospital. The branch has received ongoing complaints of long waiting times, staff shortages, unclean facilities, and patients being sent home from the clinic without the medicines they need.
 
“GAO Clinic is facing many challenges,” says TAC Provincial Chairperson Oupanyana Mahutsioa. “It is clear that they are under-staffed at the clinic and under-resourced. People wait for hours on...

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 11:29

VOSLOORUS, WEDNESDAY 26th OCTOBER: Today 100 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Vosloorus are marching to Extension 28 Clinic. This is following countless complaints to the branch that the clinic is failing members of the community who rely on it.
 
TAC Vosloorus has engaged extensively with the local community through surveys, community dialogues and going door to door. Members of the community are complaining of late opening times, long waiting times, staff shortages, medicine stockouts, and even dirty facilities. TAC has attempted to engage with the...

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