Community healthcare workers

Arrested Healthcare Workers to Plead Not Guilty: Matter Heading to Trial

Yesterday, lawyers from Webber Attorneys in Bloemfontein and SECTION27 met with the 130 community healthcare workers (CHWs) who were arrested during a peaceful night vigil on 10 July 2014. The CHWs were briefed on their options prior to a court appearance scheduled for today. The CHWs agreed to explore a proposed settlement made by the […]

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Update on Free State Campaign

On September 1st the 127 community healthcare workers and activists who were arrested during a peaceful night vigil on 10 July 2014 will appear in court in Bloemfontein. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations are planning a number of events in the run-up to September 1st and on the day itself. Below is […]

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INVITATION 18TH AUG: TAC Engages with Partners on Free State & Other Core Campaigns

Dear comrades, As you may be aware, the public health system in the Free State has collapsed. For over a year we have released alerts stating our concerns, borne out of the many stories we receive on a frequent basis from those who are dependent on this crumbling health system. The TAC has used formal […]

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What the TAC Want to See in the Health Budget

In his first term as Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi oversaw the massive scale-up of antiretroviral treatment in South Africa. This scale-up has saved many thousands of lives and has pushed up life expectancy in South Africa to over 60 years. The Minister’s policy positions have been reasonable and he has been willing to […]

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TAC to Continue Peaceful Night Vigils in Free State

BLOEMFONTEIN, 16th JULY: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), community healthcare workers and partner organisations, is embarking on peaceful overnight vigils outside the headquarters of the Free State Department of Health on every Wednesday night for the next six weeks. The peaceful vigils will continue until September 1st, when the 127 activists and community healthcare workers […]

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After 36 Hours in Jail – All 127 Activists Have Been Released on Warning

11th JULY, BLOEMFONTEIN: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the release of the 127 activists and community healthcare workers who were arrested outside Bophelo House yesterday following a peaceful sit in. They were released on warning and the matter has been remanded for further investigation and instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution. The TAC […]

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Civil Society Stand in Solidarity with the Arrested Healthworkers & Activists

Numerous organisations have come out in support of TAC activists and community healthcare workers arrested for staging a peaceful sit-in at Bophelo House, the headquarters of the Free State Provincial Department of Health in the early hours of 10 July 2014. These include: Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Hospersa Congress of South African […]

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Free State Update: We Will Not Retreat!

10th JULY JOHANNESBURG – Over 150 Free State community health workers (CHWs) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) activists, arrested during the early hours of Thursday, remain in detention tonight at various police stations in Bloemfontein despite attempts to secure their release. Those arrested while staging a peaceful night vigil at the Free State Department of […]

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Timeline of Crackdown on Free State Activists & Healthworkers

This is a timeline of events over the last 24 hours of the Free State civil disobedience by activists and healthcare workers. This will be udpated here as new developments unfold. You can also follow our twitter feed for live updates @TAC #FSHealthCrisis  27 June 2014 Community health workers gather at Bophelo House in Bloemfontein, […]

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Police Arrest over 100 Health Workers and Activists Staging Peaceful Vigil Outside FS Health MECs Office

Police arrest over 100 community health workers and activists staging peaceful night vigil outside Free State Health MECs office BLOEMFONTEIN, 10th July, 04H00: Over 100 community healthcare workers and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members were arrested during the early hours of this morning by police in Bloemfontein following a night vigil sit-in at Bophelo House, […]

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TAC to Embark on Civil Disobedience in the Free State

MEC Malakoane must be fired In recent months the collapse of the Free State health system has turned into a crisis with disastrous consequences for many people who depend on the province’s public health system. The MEC for Health, Benny Malakoane, and the Premier of the province, Ace Mashagule, have both failed to respond with […]

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Healthcare Workers Sit In at Free State Health Department

BLOEMFONTEIN, 27th June: Over 50 community healthcare workers from Bloemfontein are currently staging a sit-in within Bophelo House – the headquarters of the Free State Health Department – in frustration over the on-going crisis in the provincial health system. A demonstration was held throughout the night to highlight the urgent need for action to address […]

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Free State Health System in Collapse – Lives are Being Lost Urgent & Immediate Intervention from Minister of Health Needed

Free State Health System in Collapse – Lives are Being Lost Urgent & Immediate Intervention from Minister of Health needed JOHANNESBURG – The Free State health system is collapsing with stock outs of more than 200 essential drugs and supplies at the provincial depot, desperate health workers begging for help and stock outs of supplies […]

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