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Seizing the moment for TB – TAC intervention

Speech delivered by TAC Chairperson Sibongile Tshabalala and TAC General Secretary Anele Yawa at #AIDS2018 at a session titled: “Seizing the moment for TB” on 27 July 2018. Comrades, I come from the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa I thank my comrade from India, Blessi Kumar for giving us an opportunity to have our […]

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AIDS2018: Time to make AIDS political again

By Anele Yawa Two years ago, we welcomed the world to the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. At a march of ten thousand people we held up banners proclaiming that 20 million people still need treatment. At that conference we said to the world that AIDS is not over – and indeed, the […]

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AIDS2018: G23 women draw a line in the sand

This is a statement read out by the group of 23 women as Michel Sidibe took to the stage at the opening plenary. “…a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it, and within it is not struggle at all.” – Arundhati Roy We are the group […]

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Activists call on countries & donors to immediately scale up use of TB LAM test

Provocative distribution of yellow lemonade in urine collection cups calls attention to need for this simple, urine-based test Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22 July — At the TB 2018 pre-conference held on Sunday 22 July 2018, before the International AIDS Conference, activists from around the globe called on their countries, development partners, and donors, to end the unacceptable death […]

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TAC Western Cape protest major bed shortage at Khayelitsha District Hospital

Khayelitsha, 18th July 2018 – Today members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Western Cape are holding a picket at Khayelitsha District Hospital to highlight the ongoing crisis facing the facility and demand urgent intervention by the provincial health department. Recent monitoring by TAC branches at the hospital and numerous further complaints over the […]

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Open letter to Gauteng Premier Makhura

Johannesburg, 17 July 2018 – Today the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Corruption Watch delivered three open letters to the Office of the Gauteng Premier, the Acting ANC Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, and the Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature enquiring into the corruption findings against ANC Gauteng Chief Whip, Brian Hlongwa. The full text of the […]

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Activists call on Johnson & Johnson to drop the price of bedaquiline

South Africa’s Department of Health recently announced that it will replace painful, hearing-loss inducing injections to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) with a less toxic and more effective treatment. The new drug, called bedaquiline, does not cause hearing loss and can be taken as a pill. We congratulate the government on this important step that […]

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TAC releases provincial state of health reports

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has today released a series of reports in the provinces in which we work that highlight the state of public healthcare services. Each TAC branch has adopted a primary healthcare facility local to them and have been monitoring the state of services at these facilities since November 2017. The results […]

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Western Cape: state of health

– Western Cape state of health report published The Western Cape health system is failing the people who rely on it. People dread to attend overcrowded and under-resourced clinics. They wait for hours or days to be seen by a nurse or doctor. Sometimes without any privacy from others waiting. People without appointments are turned […]

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Mpumalanga: state of health

– Mpumalanga state of health report published Mpumalanga’s ailing healthcare system is plagued with serious issues. You wait hours to see a doctor, even in emergencies. Overstretched nurses take out their frustrations on the patients waiting for services. Facilities have not been properly maintained, and face shortages of supplies or medicines even for basic procedures. […]

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Limpopo: state of health

– Limpopo state of health report published  The Limpopo health system is plagued with severe staff shortages and a huge loss of experienced senior staff who have been seduced by better pay and working conditions in private hospitals. There are regular reports of theft of medicines, equipment that is aged, missing or broken, and ambulances […]

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KZN: state of health

– KwaZulu-Natal state of health report published  Each day in KwaZulu-Natal we hear reports of health system failures. Shortages of doctors, nurses and specialists that mean people wait hours, days or months for critical services. Broken equipment that mean cancer diagnostics and treatment are unavailable. Countless incidents of medical negligence. Pregnant women recount the fear […]

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Gauteng: state of health

– Gauteng state of health report published  Gauteng is the economic heart of South Africa. While South Africa’s smallest province, it has a population of over 13 million people (roughly a quarter of the population of South Africa). With lots of money around and most of the population relatively close to urban hubs, delivering quality […]

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Free State: state of health

– Free State state of health report published The Free State public healthcare system has been in a state of dysfunction for many years. We hear endless stories of ambulances that do not arrive leaving family members cradling their dying loved ones without medical assistance. Too many reports of stockouts, not just as empty clinic […]

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Eastern Cape: state of health

– Eastern Cape state of health report published For years the healthcare system of the Eastern Cape province has been teetering on the edge of complete collapse. Horror stories abound of dysfunctional hospitals, run down clinics, over stretched nurses, medicine shortages and stockouts, and ambulances that never arrive. The healthcare system is not functioning in […]

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