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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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Punished for Standing Up for Our Rights

By Lotti Rutter and Thuthukile Mbatha After nine years as a community healthcare worker in the Free State, 60 year-old Ouma Chabangu was dismissed without warning or cause in April 2014. “I used to see 8 patients per day,” Ouma says. “Now I try my best to help where I can, but often I can […]

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Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Limpopo salute MEC of Health Ramathuba

POLOKWANE, 23rd SEPTEMBER: The Treatment Action Campaign Limpopo commend MEC of Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, for the rapid implementation of key resolutions taken in a meeting between TAC Limpopo and the MEC of Health on 19th July 2015. Numerous challenges in the provincial public healthcare system were outlined at this meeting by TAC Limpopo. We […]

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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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“Why are Our Babies Dying and Being Born with Disabilities?”

CAPE TOWN, 27th AUGUST 2015: 1,000 mothers, pregnant women and activists marched to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament today demanding to know “why our babies are dying and being born with disabilities.” They are demanding urgent action to address the ongoing problems in accessing quality maternal and obstetric care services in the province. In recent […]

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TAC/Sonke Background on amicus Application in Historic Gold Mining Lawsuit

On August 24 and 25 2015 the South Gauteng High Court is hearing our application to be admitted as “friends of the court” in the historic Nkala and others v Harmony and others class action lawsuit. We’ve prepared a briefing note to help our members and the public better understand what it is all about. […]

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TAC and Sonke Approach Court to Intervene in Historic Gold Mining Class Action

On 24 and 25 August, the South Gauteng High Court will hear argument in the application by Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) to intervene as amici curiae (“friends of the court”) in Nkala and others v Harmony Gold and others, a class action against South African gold mines. “For decades […]

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Don’t Trade Away Our Health

DON’T TRADE AWAY OUR HEALTH – PHARMA ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE SOUTH AFRICAN PATENT LAW REFORM & ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MEDICINES Johannesburg/New York, August 13, 2015: A submission to the United States Government shows South Africa is facing pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to backtrack on intellectual property (IP) law reform that aims to improve access […]

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TAC Supports NEHAWU Campaign Against Dysfunction in Limpopo Healthcare System

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Limpopo Supports the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union’s (NEHAWU) campaign against the Limpopo Department of Health for failing both workers and users of the public healthcare system in the province. In a statement released on Thursday NEHAWU said that the provincial health department is failing the people […]

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Updated TAC position statement on HIV treatment in South Africa, July 2015

Findings from the landmark START trial were presented at the International AIDS Society Conference held in Vancouver, Canada, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Data from another important trial called TEMPRANO was also published in the NEJM. In light of the compelling findings from these two trials the Treatment Action Campaign […]

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People’s Commission of Inquiry into Free State Health System – LIVE FEED

LIVE FEED AT INQUIRY The Free State health system has been in crisis for several years. This province faces more stockouts of essential medicines and supplies than any other province. Each day there are new reports of patients facing inadequate, often undignified and inhumane, and sometimes altogether suspended services. However, the Free State provincial government […]

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Media alert: Free State Health System on Trial

Next week from 6th – 9th July the trial of the 117 Community Healthcare Workers takes place in Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. At the same time so to will the Free State health system be on trial in the People’s Commission of Inquiry. Find below details of both hearings. People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Health […]

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Patient Groups Launch Amicus Curiae Application in Western Cape High Court

CAPE TOWN, 18th JUNE 2015: On Thursday, 18 June 2015, the application launched by Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG) and People Living with Cancer (PLWC) to intervene as amici curiae (“friends of the court”) in a matter concerning patient rights will be heard in the Western Cape High Court.  In […]

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Over 1000 delegates at SA AIDS Sign Petition to Drop Charges Against Free State CHWs

1120 delegates attending last week’s 7th South African AIDS conference in Durban signed a petition to drop trumped up charges against 117 community healthcare workers in the Free State. They called on Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take a public position that the charges should be dropped. The 117 […]

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