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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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Activists tell WHO delegates: “We can’t afford to wait. Our people are dying”

GENEVA, WEDNESDAY 25th MAY 2016: Today activists from Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM),  the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), STOPAIDS, Youth STOPAIDS, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN), Commons Network, People’s Health Movement and Salud por Derecho demonstrated outside the 69th World Health Assembly, demanding delegates begin negotiations on a binding […]

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TAC and partners call for rapid introduction of new TB test

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations today wrote to South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi urging the rapid introduction of a new tuberculosis (TB) test in hospitals in South Africa. The letter can be read here. TB is particularly difficult to diagnose in people living with HIV who have low immunity or who are seriously ill. […]

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Speech by TAC’s Anele Yawa at Closing of Lung Conference

*This is a transcript of the speech given by General Secretary, Anele Yawa, at the closing ceremony of the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health Delegates, friends, comrades, I thank you for the opportunity to address you. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign here in South Africa. We have more […]

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No More Business As Usual!

CAPE TOWN, 5th DECEMBER 2015: Today activists disrupted the calm halls of the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health. Activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27, the Global TB Community Advisory Board, the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) and the ITPC sat on the floors of the hallways and held their own […]

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Sanofi faces criticism at Lung Conference

CAPE TOWN, 4th DECEMBER 2015: Today, activists at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health demanded that pharmaceutical company Sanofi be held accountable for endangering failing to provide life-saving products to people and children living with TB and drug resistant TB in South Africa and across the world. Activists from the Treatment Action Campaign […]

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Invest in TB research!

Yesterday over a thousand TB activists marched to the Cape Town International Convention Centre where the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health is taking place. Amongst others, the memo asked the BRICS countries to tripple their investment in TB research. Currently the BRICS provide only 3.6% of global funding for TB research while the […]

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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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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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Minister of Health and TAC Call on MPs to get Tested for TB

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, on the 24th March, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations asked Members of Parliament to get tested for TB during the “We die of TB” march. A mobile screening unit was provided outside Parliament by the Desmond Tutu TB Centre. Whilst our memorandum was received by a representative of parliament, […]

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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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TAC Says: The South African National AIDS Council Must Rise to Face the Real Challenges of HIV and TB

– Don’t treat SANAC as a circus On Saturday November 8th 2014 a plenary meeting of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) will take place in Secunda, Mpumalanga. Leaders of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) will participate in the plenary but we will also picket before the plenary to draw attention to the on-going […]

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TB Activists Call for a Bigger Piece of a Bigger Cake from the Global Fund

BARCELONA, 31st October 2014: A WHO and Global Fund study revealed that for the period between 2014 and 2016, there will be a funding shortfall for TB activities totaling up to US$ 1.6 billion/year, assuming that US$ 3.2 billion/year will be met through domestic financing. This figure however does not include the US$ 2billion/year needed […]

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Activists Urge Otsuka to Provide Access to TB Drug

BARCELONA, OCTOBER 30th, 2014 —Members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) joined activists from across the world who interrupted the Japanese pharmaceutical company Otsuka’s symposium at the 45th Conference on Lung Health, calling for immediate broad compassionate use access to delamanid, Otsuka’s new drug to treat multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).   Activists called attention to the contrast […]

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