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Shelved SIU report highlights gross financial mismanagement underpinning current Gauteng health crisis

21 June 2018, Johannesburg: SECTION27, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Corruption Watch are today making public a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report that documents widespread corruption and gross financial misconduct totalling some R1,2 billion in the Gauteng Department of Health (GDH) in the period 2006-2010. This SIU investigation was authorised by a presidential proclamation […]

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TAC salutes SA bold decision on new TB treatment

21st June, Johannesburg – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) salutes the announcement by the Department of Health this week that a new medicine will become part of the standard treatment for people with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa. The medicine, bedaquiline, will replace an injectable medicine that is extremely painful, toxic and associated […]

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TAC calls for urgent intervention at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

JOHANNESBURG, 31 May 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) Gauteng is deeply concerned with the unfolding strike action at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg today. This strike and the shutdown of services at the hospital is threatening the lives and well-being of patients admitted to and trying to access services at the hospital. While we […]

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New laws needed now to save lives

Intellectual property policy welcomed after nine years of development JOHANNESBURG, 31 MAY 2018 – Yesterday, after nine years of development, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) finally published the Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I. The policy has been adopted by cabinet and as such represents official government policy, […]

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TAC Rejects DA’s Political Opportunism Against EE

JOHANNESBURG, 23 May 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is shocked and disappointed by the call made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Department of Education in the Western Cape (WC) for suspension of the activities of Equal Education (EE) until the investigation on sexual harassment is conducted. We view the call as […]

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TAC statement on sexual harassment

Johannesburg, 19 May 2018 – In the dawn of Friday morning (18 May 2018), we woke up to the shocking news that Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) co-founder, Zackie Achmat, has been implicated in a cover-up involving the Doron Isaac sexual harassment case, as reported by Mail & Guardian. This and other recent incidents of this nature […]

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TAC & Sonke Gender Justice welcome historic settlement for mineworkers

Johannesburg, 4 May 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Sonke Gender Justice welcome the historic settlement announced today in the case of 7 mining companies vs the former mineworkers who contracted silicosis and/or tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa’s gold mines. We particularly welcome the fact that the settlement included people with TB, and […]

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Services resume at Themba Hospital

Nelspruit, 19 April 2018 – Yesterday 50 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga held a sit at the office of the provincial MEC of Health and Head of Department. The sit in took place as a last resort following the three week strike at Themba Hospital that had intensified into a complete […]

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TAC calls for urgent government intervention at Themba Hospital

Nelspruit, 17 April 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga is deeply concerned with the ongoing strike action at Themba Hospital in Ehlanzeni. The strike and subsequent shut down of health services is threatening the lives and well-being of patients admitted to and trying to access services at the hospital. While we are […]

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TAC, SECTION27, & Sonke Gender Justice call for an independent investigation into UNAIDS’s mishandling of sexual harassment allegations

Johannesburg, 9 April 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27, and Sonke Gender Justice are deeply concerned by the way UNAIDS (the United Nations agency responsible for AIDS), and its head Michel Sidibé, has mishandled a recent case of alleged sexual harassment. We are particularly concerned by the following relating to an allegation of […]

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Reckless calls for suspension of HIV money threatens AIDS response

Johannesburg, 6 April 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) distances itself from the memorandum of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Civil Society Forum (CSF) on 5 April 2018 with regard to HIV/AIDS funding in the country. Calls to suspend and redirect AIDS financing without proper public evidence, reflection and planning could destabilise […]

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Red alert on TB infection control in clinics

– Results of TAC survey of 207 public clinics shows TB infection control still falling short.        – Government must urgently conduct an infection control audit of all public facilities JOHANNESBURG, 19th MARCH 2018 – In the run up to World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24 March 2018, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) […]

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KwaMhlanga Hospital – failing the people who rely on it

7th March 2018 ‘I will never forget the night when I pleaded with nurses to remove my stillborn child from the side of the bed where I was sleeping. I was told there is no other place where they can put my child.’ Last week, Nomvula* spoke of the deep pain she felt on the […]

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Novartis must end ‘bullying tactics’ over lifesaving medicines

JOHANNESBURG, 2 MARCH 2018 – Today Swiss multinational company Novartis is facing pressure from activists globally demanding that they end the ‘lies, threats and bribes’ towards governments trying to improve access to medicines in their countries. Protest actions are taking place at Novartis offices in the UK, South Africa and Malaysia demanding the company respects […]

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Appointment of Mabuza threatens HIV & TB struggle

– TAC welcomes removal of certain Gupta-linked Ministers & the retention of Ministers Motsoaledi & Davies JOHANNESBURG, 27 FEBRUARY 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is deeply concerned with the appointment of David Mabuza as the Deputy President of South Africa – and as a result his appointment as the Chairperson of the South […]

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