Thursday, 17 March 2016 - 12:20

On Wednesday evening Justice Edwin Cameron described the fact that some people cannot access the medicines they need as deserving of moral outrage. Justice Cameron was speaking at an event co-hosted by the Department of Health and the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines.
A lack of access to essential medicines in both rich and poor countries has been one of the key themes of the global dialogues conducted in London and Johannesburg over the last week and a half by the High Level Panel.
Whether it is women in Wales who...

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Monday, 14 March 2016 - 12:38

On Thursday the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) together with partners Cape Mental Health, Advocates for Breast Cancer, People Living with Cancer, and SECTION27 will picket outside hearings held by the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines (details below).
We will urge the High Level Panel to place the public interest and the right to health ahead of the private interests of pharmaceutical companies. The High Level Panel is tasked with considering and exploring solutions to the “policy incoherence between...

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Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 14:29

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations today wrote to South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi urging the rapid introduction of a new tuberculosis (TB) test in hospitals in South Africa. The letter can be read here.

TB is particularly difficult to diagnose in people living with HIV who have low immunity or who are seriously ill. This group of people are also at particularly high risk of TB. The Lipoarabinomannan, or LAM test, works...

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016 - 12:58

- TAC responds to open letter published by AIDS denialist former President
JOHANNESBURG, 8th MARCH 2016: On March 7, 2016 former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki published a letter titled “A brief commentary on the question of HIV and AIDS”. The letter comes seven and a half years after Mbeki was forced to step down as President of South Africa and forms part of a series of letters attempting to reframe the Mbeki Presidency. ...

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Friday, 4 March 2016 - 10:20

The Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP), a coalition of six civil society organisations monitoring the availability of medicines in South African public health facilities, has welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s allocation of R300m for developing a national electronic medicine stock management system.
Minister Gordhan made the announcement during his budget speech in Parliament last week.

“The Stop Stock Outs Project views the announcement of an electronic stock management system as a positive sign that the South African government is committed to  taking measures to...

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