TB infection control

Invitation to attend activist meeting prior to the launch of the 3rd TB Conference of South Africa

Dear Partner The Treatment Action Campaign, SECTION27, Oxfam and MSF will be hosting a meeting prior to the launch of the 3rd TB Conference of South Africa. The 3rd TB Conference entitled “Reaching the Targets” will be hosted in Durban from 12 – 15 June (registration for the conference ends 18 May). The conference will […]

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Mobilise Against TB

Statement by the Treatment Action Campaign, the HIV Clinicians Society of Southern Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières, SECTION27 (incorporating the AIDS Law Project), HIV i-Base, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), Jhpiego and the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) Summary On 10 August 2011, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), […]

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Addressing the TB crisis in South Africa

On 10 August, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the HIV Clinicians Society of Southern Africa and SECTION27 (formerly the AIDS Law Project) will bring togetherscientists, clinicians, nurses, activists, policy makers and government to discuss the crisis of tuberculosis (TB) faced in South Africa. On 10 August, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), […]

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Access to quality and affordable medicines

Tuberculosis: Let’s make use of the new opportunities to reverse the epidemic

Tuberculosis (TB) has been one of the most important causes of premature death in South Africa. But the HIV epidemic has made it much worse, causing recorded TB deaths to triple from 1997 to 2005. TB kills more people in South Africa than any other disease. In Southern Africa and Eastern Europe, we face the […]

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The need for expanded access to experimental medicines for drug-resistant TB

The risk of dying if you have multi-drug-resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB is very high. Data presented at last year’s Conference on Retroviruses showed that 69% of patients died within one year of presenting with MDR TB in Tugela Ferry. For XDR TB it was even worse at 82%. Over time, deaths for patients […]

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Thembokhwezi Branch Workshop

On the 13th of June 2009 the Thembokhwezi Branch held a workshop which gave an overview of TAC and education on TB. The attendance was impressive and the workshop a success. This is what participants had to say. On the 13th of June 2009 the Thembokhwezi Branch held a workshop which gave an overview of […]

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World TB Day Memorandum – A Call to Action

The following joint -statement was released today by the Treatment Action Campaign and the TB/HIV Care Association. A copy of the statement was handed over to Dr. Joey Cupido who received the memo on behalf of the National Department of Health following a march to Parliament. World TB Day Memorandum – A Call to Action […]

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Letter from international health and human rights experts to Mbeki and Zuma on the need for a human rights approach to TB

The group of eminent health and human rights experts write, “On the 3rd of July at the South African National Tuberculosis (TB) Conference in Durban, Mr. Thami Mseleku, Director General of the Department of Health, stated publicly that: “human rights are not relevant to the considerations of health policy in a developmental state”. As international […]

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AIDS and human rights groups call on mining industry and SA government to address high rates of TB, HIV and other lung diseases

18 July 2008, Cape Town, South Africa The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) issued a report today on tuberculosis (TB), the mining industry and migrant workers in the region, which raises urgent concerns about the failure of the South African government and mining companies to adequately address the health crisis among migrant […]

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The Mining Sector, Tuberculosis and Migrant Labour in South Africa

Policy and Programmatic Interventions for the Cross-Border Control of Tuberculosis between Lesotho and South Africa, Focusing on Miners, Ex-Miners and Their Families -A Policy Paper by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) community/files/Mines,_TB_and_Southern_Africa.pdf

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Health System Strengthening

Preventing, Diagnosing and Treating TB: A human rights approach

TAC has released two key position papers on TB. “How does a preventable, curable disease become the leading cause of all natural deaths in SA, and the leading cause of all AIDS-related mortalities on our continent? Well, first we take drug-sensitive TB, a perfectly curable form of tuberculosis, and mismanage it for decades in health […]

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