Conditions of health facilities

Where are our rights this International Human Rights Day?

– TAC moves into 20th year, health activism needed more than ever JOHANNESBURG, 10th DECEMBER 2017 – Today on International Human Rights Day, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) moves into our 20th year. The government-led AIDS denialism that marked the early years of TAC’s struggle may be over, but denialism about our social crisis and […]

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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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KZN healthcare system in crisis

DURBAN, 15th MAY 2017: KwaZulu-Natal’s healthcare services are in a state of emergency with shocking details shared by health workers in the province. Reports reflect a collapsing health system which is in many cases no longer delivering adequate healthcare to the most vulnerable.   Hospitals are experiencing shortages of lifesaving medicines and equipment, and suffering […]

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TAC Gauteng demands audit of health facilities after Charlotte Maxeke collapse

JOHANNESBURG, 3rd MARCH 2017 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Gauteng is alarmed at the collapse of an entrance to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg yesterday. Hospitals are a place of safety and shelter, not a place where people are hurt. Our thoughts go out to those injured and we are thankful that […]

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TAC demands full accountability for Life Esidimeni tragedy

Johannesburg, 2 February 2017: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the report of South Africa’s Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, into the Life Esidimeni tragedy in Gauteng. The devastating report titled “THE REPORT INTO THE ‘CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATHS OF MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS: GAUTENG PROVINCE’” and sub-titled “NO GUNS: 94+ SILENT DEATHS AND STILL COUNTING” […]

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Failing health services in Thaba Nchu

THABA NCHU, WEDNESDAY 26th OCTOBER: Today 100 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Thaba Nchu will picket the dysfunctional state of health services at GAO Clinic and Moroka Hospital. The branch has received ongoing complaints of long waiting times, staff shortages, unclean facilities, and patients being sent home from the clinic without the […]

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“Vosloorus extension 28 clinic is failing us”

VOSLOORUS, WEDNESDAY 26th OCTOBER: Today 100 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Vosloorus are marching to Extension 28 Clinic. This is following countless complaints to the branch that the clinic is failing members of the community who rely on it. TAC Vosloorus has engaged extensively with the local community through surveys, community dialogues […]

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Hundreds picket outside dysfunctional Thelle Mogoerane Hospital

VOSLOORUS, FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER: Yesterday more than 500 members from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Gauteng marched to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital to highlight the ongoing crisis facing the hospital and demand urgent intervention by the provincial health department. For the last two years TAC members in Vosloorus have received ongoing reports of negligence, poor […]

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Nightmare at Manapo Hospital

QWA QWA, 20th SEPTEMBER 2016: Members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Phuthaditjhaba report serious problems at Manapo Hospital that are putting people’s right to access healthcare in jeopardy. This follows last week’s strike by frustrated staff members including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, porters, cleaners, and kitchen staff who report to be overburdened and to […]

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Hospital nightmare in Free State: TAC calls on President to intervene

QWAQWA, 14th SEPTEMBER 2016: The Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 condemn reports of crisis emerging hourly from across hospitals in the Free State. We are receiving reports of entire hospitals being shut down, patients being turned away from full and overcrowded facilities, maternity wards filled with women on floors, shut down in overfull casualty and trauma units. […]

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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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“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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Political Obstacles to Improving Access to Healthcare in South Africa

Anele Yawa, TAC General Secretary – Speech at SA AIDS 2015 Plenary Ladies and gentlemen, friends, comrades, thank you for the opportunity to address you this morning. I am Anele Yawa. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign. We are a civil society organization with 182 branches and over 8,000 members across […]

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