Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - 17:58

Nkhensani Mavasa, TAC Chairperson, opening session speech, SA AIDS Conference 2015
9 June 2015
Honorable Deputy President, conference delegates, people living with HIV, healthcare workers, friends and comrades.
My name is Nkhensani Mavasa. I am from a village called Thomo in Giyani, Limpopo Province. I am a mother of 3. I am from a province which has been experiencing stock outs for months.
Fifteen years ago the International AIDS conference was held here in Durban. At that conference we marched because effective treatment for AIDS was...

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015 - 07:59

Expanded coalition calls for urgent approval of National Policy on Intellectual Property
JOHANNESBURG, 2nd JUNE 2015: Today, patient groups and other leading health organisations in South Africa have joined the Fix the Patent Laws campaign to push for reform of the country’s current patent laws that severely restrict access to affordable medicines for all people living in South Africa. Together, they call on the government to urgently finalise a National Policy on Intellectual Property that champions measures to reduce prices and increase access to a wide...

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015 - 07:57

In response to the eNCA interview referenced in the Minister of Health's speech on Sunday 24th May 2015, TAC has conducted an investigation into the matter. After detailed discussions with TAC leadership in the province, a TAC member present at the interview, and the patient interviewed our information gathered reveals the following: 

- On 18th May an interview was conducted with the provincial coordinator of the Treatment Action Campaign KZN Mzamo Zondi. 

- Following the interview a request was made by the eNCA journalist to interview a patient affected by stockouts. ...

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Monday, 1 June 2015 - 12:52

⁃      We now know many more people should be offered ARVs than previously thought
The results of a critical study determining when HIV-positive people should start taking antiretroviral therapy were announced last week – more than a year early. The START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment) trial found that it is better for people living with HIV to start treatment at CD4 counts above 500 cells/mm3 and not to wait for CD4 counts to drop to 350 or below. Prior to the START results it was unclear whether or not HIV-positive people benefited from treatment above CD4 counts of...

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 12:46

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, on the 24th March, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations asked Members of Parliament to get tested for TB during the “We die of TB” march. A mobile screening unit was provided outside Parliament by the Desmond Tutu TB Centre. Whilst our memorandum was received by a representative of parliament, no Members of Parliament came out to get tested for TB.
Then, yesterday on 5th May, Minister of Health,...

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