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New Report Confirms Medicines Stockout Crisis

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the release of the second report of the Stop Stockouts Project (SSP) today at the South African AIDS conference in Durban. TAC is a member of the SSP consortium that also includes the Rural Doctors Association of South Africa, the South African HIV Clinicians Society, Rural Health Advocacy Project, […]

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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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TAC Chairperson’s Speech at the Opening of SA AIDS 2015

Nkhensani Mavasa, TAC Chairperson, opening session speech, SA AIDS Conference 2015 9 June 2015 Honorable Deputy President, conference delegates, people living with HIV, healthcare workers, friends and comrades. My name is Nkhensani Mavasa. I am from a village called Thomo in Giyani, Limpopo Province. I am a mother of 3. I am from a province […]

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Leading Health Organisations Join Fight for Affordable Medicines

Expanded coalition calls for urgent approval of National Policy on Intellectual Property JOHANNESBURG, 2nd JUNE 2015: Today, patient groups and other leading health organisations in South Africa have joined the Fix the Patent Laws campaign to push for reform of the country’s current patent laws that severely restrict access to affordable medicines for all people living […]

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TAC Response to Minister of Health Speech

In response to the eNCA interview referenced in the Minister of Health’s speech on Sunday 24th May 2015, TAC has conducted an investigation into the matter. After detailed discussions with TAC leadership in the province, a TAC member present at the interview, and the patient interviewed our information gathered reveals the following:  – On 18th May an […]

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TAC Welcomes Results of START Trial

⁃      We now know many more people should be offered ARVs than previously thought The results of a critical study determining when HIV-positive people should start taking antiretroviral therapy were announced last week – more than a year early. The START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment) trial found that it is better for people living […]

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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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Should the Medicines Patent Pool Work on Hepatitis C Medicines?

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed organisation that negotiates voluntary licenses for HIV medicines with the aim of expanding access to these medicines. It was founded in 2010 and is funded by UNITAID. In recent months studies were conducted to explore whether the MPP should expand its work to medicines for tuberculosis […]

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TAC and Partners Condemn Recent Attacks on Foreign Nationals

14th APRIL 2015: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Ndifuna Ukwazi, Sonke Gender Justice, Triangle Project  and Gay and Lesbian Network (Pietermaritzburg) condemn in the strongest terms the recent attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of shops run by foreign nationals in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. We hold that foreign nationals have a right to all […]

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TAC responds to developments at COSATU

On Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29 the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) National Council (NC) met in Bloemfontein in the Free State. On Sunday afternoon the council received the news of a press statement released by Zwelinzima Vavi in which he explains why he will not be attending a Cosatu Central Executive Committee meeting […]

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ECHCAC Statement on the South African Human Rights Commission’s Hearing into Emergency Medical Services in the Eastern Cape

 “I am grateful to hear that the government provides these things called ambulances. I have never seen an ambulance in my area.” – testimony from Xhora Mouth resident EAST LONDON, 30 March 2015 – Two years ago, Nqileni Village in the Xhora Mouth area laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) […]

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TAC Condemns Ongoing Victimization of Community Healthcare Workers – Trial Dates Set

31st MARCH 2015, BLOEMFONTEIN – The National Prosecuting Authority this week opted to pursue its decision to prosecute 117 community health care workers (CHWs) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members in the Free State who were involved in a peaceful night vigil on July 10 2014. The peaceful night vigil was a desperate last resort […]

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Drop the Charges Against the ‘Bophelo House 118’!

– “We often experience shortages of HIV testing kits, gloves, needles, and other equipment. Why were we fired? I do not know. I am now dependent on my parents who are also struggling” – Mokhitli Mokhehle, Botshabelo 30th MARCH, BLOEMFONTEIN: Today the trial of the 118 community healthcare workers (CHWs) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) […]

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(Not the) Free State Post – Edition 2

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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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