Thursday, 1 October 2015 - 16:41

BLOEMFONTEIN, 1st OCTOBER 2015: The 94 community healthcare workers (Bophelo House 94) arrested during a peaceful night vigil in July 2014 were today found guilty of attending a gathering for which no notice was given, in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. As part of her judgment Magistrate Thafeni ruled that the gathering for which no notification was given to police was – in her view – a “prohibited” gathering.
The far-reaching implication of Magistrate Thafeni’s ruling is that any gathering of more than 15 people in South Africa without notification to the...

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Thursday, 1 October 2015 - 09:07

By Lotti Rutter and Thuthukile Mbatha
After nine years as a community healthcare worker in the Free State, 60 year-old Ouma Chabangu was dismissed without warning or cause in April 2014. “I used to see 8 patients per day,” Ouma says. “Now I try my best to help where I can, but often I can only watch them suffer.”
As a bridge between clinics and the people they are meant to serve, community healthcare workers like Ouma form the foundation of our public healthcare system. Their role is especially important in a province like the Free State, where...

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 - 16:38

POLOKWANE, 23rd SEPTEMBER: The Treatment Action Campaign Limpopo commend MEC of Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, for the rapid implementation of key resolutions taken in a meeting between TAC Limpopo and the MEC of Health on 19th July 2015. Numerous challenges in the provincial public healthcare system were outlined at this meeting by TAC Limpopo. We are pleased to note that the provincial health department has begun to take serious action on several of these.
Of major concern earlier in the year were the stockouts and shortages of medicines in many clinics and...

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Friday, 28 August 2015 - 10:33

JOHANNESBURG, 28th AUGUST 2015: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Sonke Gender Justice welcome the ruling of the South Gauteng High Court to admit the TAC and Sonke as amici curiae (friends of the court) in a landmark case in which hundreds of thousands of mineworkers who contracted silicosis and/or tuberculosis in South Africa’s gold mines seek justice.  This is a significant and great step forward that two public interest organisations are admitted as amicus in this landmark case.


The ruling delivered this morning by Judges...

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Thursday, 27 August 2015 - 08:54

CAPE TOWN, 27th AUGUST 2015: 1,000 mothers, pregnant women and activists marched to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament today demanding to know “why our babies are dying and being born with disabilities”. They are demanding urgent action to address the ongoing problems in accessing quality maternal and obstetric care services in the province.
In recent months the Treatment Action Campaign’s Western Cape office  has been made aware of what appears to be serious problems in maternity and obstetrics units (MOUs) in the Western Cape provincial healthcare system. After...

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