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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Tuesday, 5 May 2015 - 16:11

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed organisation that negotiates voluntary licenses for HIV medicines with the aim of expanding access to these medicines. It was founded in 2010 and is funded by UNITAID.
In recent months studies were conducted to explore whether the MPP should expand its work to medicines for tuberculosis and hepatitis C. We urge UNITAID to make the findings of these studies public.
 We note that a number of civil society organisations have written letters arguing against the MPP expanding its work to include medicines for hepatitis C. We...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 16:18

14th APRIL 2015: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Ndifuna Ukwazi, Sonke Gender Justice, Triangle Project  and Gay and Lesbian Network (Pietermaritzburg) condemn in the strongest terms the recent attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of shops run by foreign nationals in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.
We hold that foreign nationals have a right to all the same basic rights and protections under the law as South Africans. We reject any and all attempts to undermine the dignity and human rights of foreign nationals. We consider xenophobic violence to be a direct attack on...

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 14:19

On Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29 the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) National Council (NC) met in Bloemfontein in the Free State. On Sunday afternoon the council received the news of a press statement released by Zwelinzima Vavi in which he explains why he will not be attending a Cosatu Central Executive Committee meeting on Monday 31 March and Tuesday 1 April. On Monday evening we received the news that Mr Vavi had been expelled from Cosatu.
The TAC is deeply dismayed by these further divisions in the trade union movement in South Africa.
In the early...

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