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TAC’s Submission to the Private Healthcare Market Inquiry

Below is the Treatment Action Campaign’s oral submission to the Competition Commission’s Inquiry into the Private Healthcare Sector delivered on Wednesday 17th February by TAC Deputy Chairperson, Patrick Mdletshe. For more information on the private healthcare market inquiry visit SECTION27’s website.   — The TAC is a membership-based organisation that advocates for the rights and interests of […]

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TAC Welcomes Publication of NHI White Paper

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the publication of the long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper. TAC supports the principles of social solidarity and risk-sharing that underpin NHI. We consider a progressive and an effectively structured and implemented NHI to be essential to the achievement of universal health coverage in South Africa in the […]

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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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TAC World AIDS Day Message and Challenge to Donors

CAPE TOWN, 1st DECEMBER 2015: Under the leadership of Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi South Africa has dramatically scaled up the provision of antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV. This has led to a dramatic increase in life-expectancy in South Africa. We have also dramatically reduced the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. While […]

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Stephen Lewis Challenges Donors to Match $1m Pledge to TAC

The Stephen Lewis Foundation today challenged donors to match its pledge of a one million dollar donation to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). The pledge was announced by the Canadian politician, diplomat, broadcaster and leading activist in the global response to AIDS, Stephen Lewis. This was announced at a press conference in Toronto, Canada on […]

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LIVE FEED: Report Launch on People’s Commission of Inquiry into Free State Health System

BLOEMFONTEIN, 10th NOVEMBER 2015: Today the report of the People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Healthcare System has been launched at an open dialogue in Bloemfontein. You can follow a live feed of the proceedings online here. We will also be live tweeting using #FSHealth from @TAC.  Over 50 people testified at the […]

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Evidence Submitted at People’s Commission of Inquiry

Find below the evidence presented to the People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Healthcare System.  The LIVE STREAM to the open dialogue taking place can be accessed here.

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Stalled Policy Will Cost Lives: Patient Groups Appeal to Minister Davies

Cape Town/ Johannesburg, 29th October 2015 – The Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) Campaign, today called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to end years of pharmaceutical company price gouging and broken promises for patent law reform and produce a final intellectual property (IP) policy and bill to amend the Patents Act. The coalition […]

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R2K, TAC, SECTION27, United Front, Equal Education, NUMSA and SJC Condemn Policy Brutality and Arrests of #FeesMustFall Protestors

CAPE TOWN, 22nd OCTOBER 2015: Yesterday saw another low point in our democracy with the police invoking draconian laws to punish legitimate student dissent. In the aftermath of the chaos at Parliament, which saw students forcing their way into the parliamentary precinct and a harsh and disproportionate police backlash, the police are reportedly seeking to […]

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Crisis as Free State Loses Nearly a Quarter of Doctors

The number of doctors working in the public healthcare system in the Free State has dropped from 716 in 2014 to 539 this year. This amounts to a loss of 177 doctors – a 24% reduction in the number of doctors. The province also has 28 fewer medical specialists than a year ago. The figures […]

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TAC Statement on Ongoing Silicosis Hearings

We call on mining houses to stop denials and obfuscation and to acknowledge wrong-doing and pay compensation From last Monday (October 12) the South Gauteng High Court has been hearing a historic case seeking justice for former mine workers who developed silicosis and/or tuberculosis because of the neglect of mining companies. The applicants are seeking […]

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Free State CHWs to Appeal Shocking Judgment

BLOEMFONTEIN, 1st OCTOBER 2015: The 94 community healthcare workers (Bophelo House 94) arrested during a peaceful night vigil in July 2014 were today found guilty of attending a gathering for which no notice was given, in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. As part of her judgment Magistrate Thafeni ruled that the gathering for which no notification […]

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