Monitoring the HIV & TB response

TAC Response to New HIV Treatment Initiation Threshold

In his budget vote speech on Wednesday July 23 2014 Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi made two significant announcements relating to the treatment of HIV in South Africa: From 1 January 2015 public sector HIV patients will be started on antiretroviral treatment once their CD4 counts drop below 500 cells/mm3. Currently treatment is provided […]

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“Undetectable” Viral Load—Opportunity for All by 2020!

Treatment Action Campaign • Treatment Action Group • HIV iBase • International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) • Health GAP • AIDS and Rights Alliance of Southern Africa (ARASA) • Asian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (ANP+) • MSF Access Campaign • AfroCAB • International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS East Africa (ICW EA) • AIDS Law Project, Kenya • Housing Works • TASO Uganda […]

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Vote Yes to Stop TB and DR-TB

Activist statement to the 4th SA TB Conference Call for TB and DR-TB in SA to be declared a Public Health Emergency in South Africa Dear TB Conference 2014 Delegates We know that TB is a preventable and treatable bacteria that can be beaten. We know that TB control has been prioritised in the National […]

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TAC and SECTION27 joint statement re: the World AIDS Day protest march and plans to fix health services in Gert Sibande

World AIDS Day is a very important day internationally. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 respect the dignity of the day and the decision of SANAC and the National Department of Health to use it to promote voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and relaunch HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT). But the day also requires […]

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Nothing to celebrate on World AIDS Day in Mpumalanga

PIET RETIEF – Over one thousand Treatment Action Campaign members marched to the official World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief today to draw attention to the real challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs) in the province, specifically critical drug stock-outs and a collapsing public health system. At short notice this morning TAC […]

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NOW IS NOT A TIME FOR BACK-SLAPPING ABOUT PROGRESS – Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 statement at the Opening of the 6th South African AIDS Conference:

NOW IS NOT A TIME FOR BACK-SLAPPING ABOUT PROGRESS – Critical Challenges Threaten Successful HIV Prevention and Treatment Programmes if not Addressed Urgently Yesterday at the opening of the 6th SA AIDS Conference the TAC was the recipient of the Dira Sengwe leadership in AIDS award. Sifiso Nkala, a TAC activist since 2000 and a […]

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Statement and Key Resolutions of the TAC National Council following its meeting on 4 & 5 March 2013

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) held its National Council (NC) on the 4th and 5th of March 2013 at Booysens, Johannesburg.  Below are some discussion points and the resolutions of the NC. Internal and organisational resolutions will be circulated separately. The Current Political Situation: Council deliberated on the outcomes and resolutions of the ANC Congress, […]

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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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TAC Briefing on adult and adolescent Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)

TAC supports voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) because of the clear evidence that it reduces a heterosexual man’s risk of contracting HIV. TAC’s previous briefings on VMMC explain this evidence in detail and remain largely correct. This briefing highlights the evidence that has emerged from follow up trials. Recommendations The evidence that voluntary medical male […]

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Joint Statement – Zoliswa Nkonyana murder trial set to conclude after five years

On 4 February 2006, Zoliswa Nkonyana was brutally murdered in Khayeltisha, Cape Town. A group of young men stabbed, clubbed, kicked and beat her to death. Zoliswa was 19 years old and lived openly as a lesbian. For this, she lost her life. She died only metres from her home. The court case – which […]

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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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Open Letter to WHO on Delayed Testing and Treatment Guidelines for Discordant Couples

A group of organisations working in HIV have written an open letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO), expressing concern over the organisation’s scrapping of the release of technical guidelines on HIV testing and treatment for discordant couples. Follow the link to see the letter. 9 August 2011 Dr. Margaret Chan, Director‐General World Health Organization Avenue […]

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