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Why I am Joining the Fight Against Tuberculosis — Johnny Clegg

by Johnny Clegg In September last year I was shocked to learn that Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in South Africa. Over the years many of my friends, including members of my earlier music projects, contracted TB but were thankfully diagnosed early and we were able to help them. Two years ago, […]

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5,000 people and Johnny Clegg Call for Action on TB — “We die of TB!”

– Johnny Clegg joins fight against TB and announces financial support for TAC   – 5,000 marchers demand that MPs get tested for TB, and that Parliament holds government departments to account on TB 5,000 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), partner organisations, health professionals and responsible citizens are marching to Parliament in Cape […]

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1st December is World AIDS day – A Time to Reflect and Rededicate

JOHANNESBURG, 1st DECEMBER 2014: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) marks World AIDS Day 2014 at an Activist’s Reunion in central Johannesburg. At 11am 150 leaders from HIV affected communities, law, entertainment, medicine, research and the media will come together. They come together to recall how, 10 years ago, people’s power broke political resistance to treatment […]

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Why Social Activism is Critical to Making Democracy Work: “Twitter Townhall” Thursday 7pm

On Monday Daily Maverick journalist Stephen Grootes wrote: “Saving the TAC would give us many things. It would save a voice that South Africans have created that speaks truth to power. A rare, apolitical voice. It would keep alive a network across the country that still saves lives to this day. It would make sure that […]

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A Special Message to You from Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Dear Comrades and Friends, Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu – human rights icon, Nobel Peace Prize winner and friend of the Treatment Action Campaign – calls on your much-needed support to save the Treatment Action Campaign. Today the future of the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa’s most iconic and successful post-apartheid health and human rights movement, […]

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TAC & SECTION27 Activists Gearing up for the Soweto Marathon Tomorrow

Tomorrow activists from the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 will run the Soweto Marathon wearing their distinctive HIV positive vests, singing, and handing out condoms on route. The Soweto Marathon marks the start of a month long fundraising drive, which aims to raise much needed funds to continue the critical work of the TAC. Back in […]

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TAC and SECTION27 Congratulate Justice Edwin Cameron on being Accorded Honorary Membership of the Johannesburg Bar

JOHANNESBURG, 1st NOVEMBER 2014: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 would like to congratulate Justice Edwin Cameron, who will tonight be accorded honorary membership of the Johannesburg Bar. This great honour has only been conferred on five other people, namely, Arthur Chaskalson, Sir Sydney Kentridge, George Bizos, Jules Browde and Johann Kriegler. Joining people of […]

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#CoughUpTheTBMoney – Civil society calls for tripling of money for TB research

BARCELONA, 29th OCTOBER 2014: Today at the opening plenary of the 45th Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona, activists from across the globe called on governments to dramatically increase spending on research and development (R&D) for new treatments for tuberculosis (TB). Treatment options for people with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) are particularly challenging. Spending must be […]

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“When you start running you even forget that you are HIV positive”

Tshawe Sithile Nohaya is the Ferrari of the TAC Runners/Walkers for Health group. His pedigree includes a staggering 15 Comrades Ultra-Marathons, 10 Two Oceans Ultra-Marathons and many more, at least 300 races over his 18 year running career. Tshawe will be clearing the road for the TAC 42km bus, aiming to cross the finish line […]

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“TAC has managed to save millions of people lives”

Qhaba Mosuli will be part of the TAC’s 42km bus in the Soweto Marthon on Sunday 2nd November and he is calling for your much needed sponsorship and support! This man has in his short three year running career managed to run more than 10 marathons including the Two Oceans, Comrades, Cape Town and Soweto marathons.  Question: […]

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“I run for TAC because I am alive after being on ARV’s for 11 years mostly thanks to TAC”

Vuyiseka is a TAC member from Cape Town openly living with HIV. On Sunday 2nd November Vuyiseka will be running the 42km Soweto Marathon and she is calling for your much needed sponsorship and support!   Back in 2012 the TAC formed a famous ‘bus’ in the Soweto Marathon made up of over 100 people. This helped […]

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Sponsor Tantaswa in the Soweto Marathon!

Meet Tantaswa Ndlelana. Tantaswa is a TAC member from Gugulethu openly living with HIV. On Sunday 2nd November Tantaswa is running the 42km Soweto Marathon and she is calling for your much needed sponsorship and support! Back in 2012 the TAC formed a famous ‘bus’ in the Soweto Marathon made up of over 100 people. This […]

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STATEMENT: Free State’s Community Health Workers’ Case Postponed to 29 January 2015

Over a hundred community health workers (CHW)’s  and the members of the Treatment Action Campaign  appeared at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today, regarding their criminal charges following their arrest at a peaceful vigil on 10 July 2014. The 129 community health care worker’s case was postponed to the 29th of January 2015. The postponement is […]

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TAC Response to New HIV Treatment Initiation Threshold

In his budget vote speech on Wednesday July 23 2014 Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi made two significant announcements relating to the treatment of HIV in South Africa: From 1 January 2015 public sector HIV patients will be started on antiretroviral treatment once their CD4 counts drop below 500 cells/mm3. Currently treatment is provided […]

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Letter to the Melbourne International AIDS Conference : Does Anybody Remember AIDS?

This article was originally published in The Sunday Times – by Mark Heywood This week thousands of activists, scientists and government officials will troop to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the 20th International AIDS Conference. Melbourne, of all places! Melbourne, where AIDS is largely an academic issue, because most people who live with HIV are […]

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