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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Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 11:59

 “I am grateful to hear that the government provides these things called ambulances. I have never seen an ambulance in my area.” – testimony from Xhora Mouth resident
EAST LONDON, 30 March 2015 – Two years ago, Nqileni Village in the Xhora Mouth area laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about the lack of emergency medical services (EMS) in their community. On 25 and 26 March 2015, the SAHRC held a provincial hearing on EMS in the entire Eastern Cape province. The panel, comprising Deputy Chair Pregs Govender, Commissioner Bokankatla...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 17:37

31st MARCH 2015, BLOEMFONTEIN – The National Prosecuting Authority this week opted to pursue its decision to prosecute 117 community health care workers (CHWs) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members in the Free State who were involved in a peaceful night vigil on July 10 2014.
The peaceful night vigil was a desperate last resort to call for their jobs back and to protest the dysfunction in the province’s healthcare system. However, instead of receiving a reasonable response from the authorities, the group were bundled into the back of police vans and locked up...

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