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Goederede Clinic – still failing patients

KWAGGAFONTEIN, 17th JULY 2017 – Today 50 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga are picketing outside Goederede Clinic because of its failure to provide adequate healthcare services to the community. Patients who use the clinic face excessive waiting times, poor staff attitudes, undignified and unhygienic toilets, and shortages of medicines and equipment. […]

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No end to the crisis at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital

In September last year, TAC Vosloorus marched to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital to highlight the ongoing crisis at the facility and demanded urgent intervention by the provincial health department. Yet, to date, the crisis continues to threaten people’s health, rights and lives. During an unannounced visit this month, TAC branch members found a number of ongoing […]

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TB infection control falls short in many clinics – TAC survey

–        Government must urgently conduct an infection control audit of all public facilities   JOHANNESBURG, THURSDAY 23rd MARCH: In the run up to World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) assessed the state of TB infection control in a number of clinics across South Africa. Of 158 facilities assessed, 114 were found to […]

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World AIDS Day 2016: Provincial public healthcare system still in crisis

TAC to host night vigil and World AIDS Day march HIV and TB remain crises in South Africa. Every year there are approximately 280 000 new HIV infections and 140 000 HIV-related deaths in the country. To turn the tide on HIV and TB we need all government departments and all provinces to take this crisis seriously. With the […]

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TAC endorses Save South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, MONDAY 31st OCTOBER: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is officially endorsing the Save South Africa campaign. In this we are joining other progressive organisations such as Corruption Watch, SECTION27, the Anglican Church, Equal Education, the Active Citizens’ Movement, CASAC, Lawyers for Human Rights, the SA NGO Coalition, the South African Christian Leaders’ Initiative and the […]

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“Without TAC I don’t know where I would be in life”

“Without TAC I don’t know where I would be in life” 50-year-old Francinah Chauke joined the Treatment Action Campaign when she was a young woman of 34, back in 2007 after she tested HIV positive on her third pregnancy. Francinah was living with her brother at the time who threw her out of the household […]

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The Road to Durban 2016

– TAC statement following the meeting of the National Council, March 30th – 31st 2016 On March 30th and 31st 2016 the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) National Council met in Booysens, Johannesburg. The National Council is made up of TAC’s national and provincial leadership. It is TAC’s highest decision-making body between congresses. The National Council […]

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Stephen Lewis Challenges Donors to Match $1m Pledge to TAC

The Stephen Lewis Foundation today challenged donors to match its pledge of a one million dollar donation to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). The pledge was announced by the Canadian politician, diplomat, broadcaster and leading activist in the global response to AIDS, Stephen Lewis. This was announced at a press conference in Toronto, Canada on […]

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R2K, TAC, SECTION27, United Front, Equal Education, NUMSA and SJC Condemn Policy Brutality and Arrests of #FeesMustFall Protestors

CAPE TOWN, 22nd OCTOBER 2015: Yesterday saw another low point in our democracy with the police invoking draconian laws to punish legitimate student dissent. In the aftermath of the chaos at Parliament, which saw students forcing their way into the parliamentary precinct and a harsh and disproportionate police backlash, the police are reportedly seeking to […]

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Crisis as Free State Loses Nearly a Quarter of Doctors

The number of doctors working in the public healthcare system in the Free State has dropped from 716 in 2014 to 539 this year. This amounts to a loss of 177 doctors – a 24% reduction in the number of doctors. The province also has 28 fewer medical specialists than a year ago. The figures […]

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Punished for Standing Up for Our Rights

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 […]

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Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Limpopo salute MEC of Health Ramathuba

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 […]

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Treatment Action Campaign and Sonke Gender Justice Admitted to Historic Class Action

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 […]

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“Why are Our Babies Dying and Being Born with Disabilities?”

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 […]

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TAC Supports NEHAWU Campaign Against Dysfunction in Limpopo Healthcare System

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Limpopo Supports the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union’s (NEHAWU) campaign against the Limpopo Department of Health for failing both workers and users of the public healthcare system in the province. In a statement released on Thursday NEHAWU said that the provincial health department is failing the people […]

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