AIDS Councils

TAC SHARES ITS 2012 HIGHLIGHTS and POLICY PRIORITIES FOR 2013

It is estimated that 5.6 million South Africans live with HIV. In 2010, there was an estimated 380,000 new infections. Young women between the ages of 15 and 34 are disproportionately affected. Together, HIV and poverty are fuelling the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic (with a HIV/TB co-infection rate of 70%). At the end of 2011 the […]

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Letter of concern regarding Umlingo WamaNgcolosi Lifestyle plans to exhibit at Durban Business Fair

Yesterday, TAC and HIV-911 Programme sent a joint letter to the Durban Business Fair and the Provincial and Ethekwini AIDS Councils, regarding the plans of Umlingo WamaNgcolosi Lifestyle to exhibit at the upcoming Durban Business Fair. The letter outlines the potential harm to public health of providing a platform to the organisation to spread misinformation […]

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AIDS Councils

Monitoring the treatment rollout

The new National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB, 2012-2016 (NSP), like its predecessor, has a substantial M&E section. But despite its ambitious targets, there was poor M&E following the last NSP. At the time, the Department of Health lacked the will and staff to get M&E right. The National Strategic Plan and Monitoring […]

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Treatment Action Campaign World AIDS Day Message

Today, 1 December 2011, World AIDS Day, TAC and SECTION27 join the rest of South Africa and the world in welcoming the launch of a new five year National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB and STIs (2012-2016). The plan’s target is that by 2016 80% of people are on ARV treatment, that deaths from TB […]

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The NSP 2011-2016 zero draft out now for consultation

This Draft Zero of the new National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, STIs and TB has been drafted based on inputs from a variety of sectors and provinces. It is important to note that several government departments and SANAC sectors are still in an internal consultation phase, and have yet to make their initial […]

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Access to quality and affordable medicines

SANAC Resolution on SA Country Position in Negotiations for the UN High Level Meeting

Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, and 10 years since the landmark UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, the world will come together to review progress and chart the future course of the global AIDS response at the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS from 8–10 June 2011 in New York. […]

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AIDS Councils

Treatment Action Campaign ( TAC ) national People living with HIV (PLHIV) sector consultation summit on the National Strategic Plan

  Ahead of the Durban Aids Conference and in preparation to develop the new National Strategic Plan (NSP), the National PLHIV sector is meeting from 27-28 May 2011 at the Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg. This summit will be attended by TAC sector representatives from seven provinces , TAC partners and UNAIDS-SA office […]

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Health Department allows patients to get three months of antiretroviral treatment

Joint TAC/SECTION27 statement 6 July 2010 The Department of Health has given the go-ahead for patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART) to be given three months supply of medicines instead of one month. The TAC and SECTION27 welcome this decision. It will be more convenient for patients because they will have to make fewer trips to […]

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Why we need a strong Provincial AIDS Council in the Free State

On 3 June TAC, SECTION27 and partners are marching in the Free State. We are marching to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to ensure that the Free State meets the targets set under the National Strategic Plan (2007-2011). Also we are marching to ensure that the updated treatment guidelines and HIV Counselling and […]

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Detailed commentary on updated ART guidelines

On 1 April 2010, South Africa adopted new guidelines for the clinical management of HIV/AIDS. On this date the following documents were published by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC): Clinical Guidelines for the Management of HIV&AIDS in Adults and Adolescents 2010 Clinical Guidelines: PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Guidelines) 2010 Guidelines […]

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TAC Priorities for 2010: What is needed to achieve the NSP Targets?

HIV, TB and Malaria continue to be the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region remains home to 62% of global HIV infections and 72% of global AIDS mortality – mainly amongst women and children. It is estimated that there are 33.4 million people living with HIV. Most of them continue […]

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TAC Lusikisiki distributes condoms for the Local AIDS Council

TAC Lusikisiki distributed 60 800 during Condom Week in the Flagstaff CBD. Condoms were supplied by the Department of Health and distributed in support of Ingquza Local AIDS Council on 9 February. Condom week, held every February, was initiated by the Local AIDS Council to distribute condoms in the area. TAC Lusikisiki also distributes condoms […]

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Making progress on prevention: TAC Policy Brief on Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision

  A goal of the HIV & AIDS and STI Strategic Plan for South Africa 2007-2011 (NSP) is to reduce new infections by half over the five-year period of the plan. Is it difficult to measure progress towards this goal because of a lack of reliable data on HIV incidence. Nevertheless, policy improvements around voluntary […]

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Is there enough money to meet the National Strategic Plan treatment target? Will it be spent properly?

Image from Wikipedia Joint statement by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and AIDS Law Project (ALP) 30 October 2009 President Zuma’s speech President Zuma’s landmark speech on 29 October 2009 has acknowledged the extent of the AIDS epidemic and put the period of state-supported AIDS denialism behind us. The TAC and ALP unreservedly welcome it. […]

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TAC calls on National Health Council to adopt SANAC proposals

 The National Health Council will meet on 6 August to discuss some critical changes to national HIV policy, including recommendations relating to the initiation of antiretroviral therapy. These changes have been proposed by SANAC, and are also reflective of the primary objectives of TAC’s Resources for Health campaign. For months now, TAC and the ALP […]

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