Friday, 6 February 2015 - 11:10

TAC in 2015: Time to Fix the Healthcare System
6TH FEBRUARY 2015: At the beginning of 2015 the role that the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) needs to play in South Africa’s fledgling democracy is clearer than ever. As in many spheres of our public service, the healthcare system is breaking down. Vacancy rates are unacceptably high, morale is low, clinics and hospitals regularly run out of medicines and equipment, ambulances take hours to arrive, if they arrive at all – and at the end it is our brothers and sisters, children and parents, friends,...

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Thursday, 5 February 2015 - 10:20

THURSDAY 5th FEBRUARY, CAPE TOWN: Yesterday, on World Cancer Day , People Living With Cancer – a South African support group representing thousands of patients – publically signed on to support the Fix the Patent Laws campaign. The campaign aims to ensure access to affordable medicines for all people living in South Africa including those affected by cancer. The campaign was started in November 2011 by the Treatment Action Campaign, Doctors without Borders and SECTION27.
“Often the price tags on cancer drugs in this country are unacceptably high. Newer, more...

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Thursday, 29 January 2015 - 16:19

BLOEMFONTEIN, 29th JANUARY: TAC condemns the National Public Prosecutor’s decision not to drop the unreasonable charges against the 129 community healthcare workers (CHWs) and members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) arrested at a peaceful night vigil on 10th July last year. The 129 appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today.
We are deeply disappointed that this unjustified abuse of state power to clamp down on peaceful protest will now continue even longer. Not only is it a waste of public resources, it will further solidify the climate of fear...

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 10:05

27th JANUARY 2015, BLOEMFONTEIN: 129 community healthcare workers (CHWs) and members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) are set to return to the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on 29th January in regard to criminal charges following their arrest at a peaceful vigil on 10th July. TAC demands these charges be dropped immediately to put an end to this unjust victimisation.
The South African Police Services (SAPS) arrested the CHWs in the early morning hours of 10th July during a peaceful vigil. The CHWs were protesting the state of the public...

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 11:28

JOHANNESBURG, Tuesday 20th January: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 applaud India’s decision to reject a patent application on sofosbuvir, an important new treatment for Hepatitis C. Last Wednesday’s decision paves the way for increased access to more affordable sofosbuvir in India and other countries who choose to implement legal flexibilities available under international law to increase access to the drug. However, existing patents on sofosbuvir in South Africa could block access to the cheaper generic versions that will become...

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