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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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 14:16

WEDNESDAY 19th JULY 2016, DURBAN: Women from across the world today stormed the corporate stall of multinational pharmaceutical company Roche at the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban. The activists demanded Roche urgently drop the price of a vital breast cancer treatment. The women showered the company’s stand with over a thousand bras gathered from women around the world and held a banner telling Roche to “Stop booby trapping access to medicines”.
In South Africa Roche charges R485 000 (US$ 34,000) per treatment course for trastuzumab, a very effective lynchpin...

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 09:55

WEDNESDAY 20th JULY 2016, DURBAN: The youth are among the most vulnerable members of our society, their voices are often drowned out and their needs, wants and protection is often not made a priority. We have spoken to the youth and those that work closely with young people across the country to find out what their demands are and how the South African government can ensure their protection.
During the 2016 International AIDS Conference 92 organisations and individuals signed the Youth Declaration demanding access to condoms in schools, youth friendly clinics and...

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