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Coalition welcomes landmark Competition Commission probe into prices of cancer medicines

JOHANNESBURG, 13 JUNE 2017: The Fix the Patent Laws coalition welcomes the Competition Commission’s announcement earlier today that they will investigate the pricing of several cancer medicines in South Africa. This is a major victory in our struggle to ensure that all people in South Africa can access the medicines they need to stay healthy and alive. […]

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AIDS Councils

HIV & TB in 2017: Time for honesty & transparency

A message to delegates at SA AIDS 2017 13 June 2017 We are a group of organisations and individuals concerned with the state of South Africa’s response to HIV and Tuberculosis (TB). We are worried that in a time when the HIV and TB response in South Africa should accelerate it may instead begin to […]

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Gender equality

Stop the killings – we must end violence against women

JOHANNESBURG, 17th MAY 2017: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is outraged and distressed by the violent killings of Karabo Mokoena, Nonki Smous, Tambai Lerato Moloi, Popi Qwabe, Bongeka Phungula, Mananki Annah Boys, Jeannette Cindi, Sthembile Mdluli, Mavis Mabala, Priska Schalk, Nicola Pienaar, Akhona Njokana, Thapelo Ramorotong, Meisie Molefe, Stasha Arendse, Iyapha Yamile, and many other […]

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KZN healthcare system in crisis

DURBAN, 15th MAY 2017: KwaZulu-Natal’s healthcare services are in a state of emergency with shocking details shared by health workers in the province. Reports reflect a collapsing health system which is in many cases no longer delivering adequate healthcare to the most vulnerable.   Hospitals are experiencing shortages of lifesaving medicines and equipment, and suffering […]

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TAC & SECTION27 mourn the passing of Professor Wainberg

It is with deep regret that we at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 have learned of the passing of Professor Mark Wainberg. As TAC we extend our deepest condolences to Professor Wainberg’s family, friends and colleagues – both in Canada and across the world.   Professor Wainberg played an important part in our […]

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By siding with the corrupt, Jacob Zuma has betrayed us all

–        We call on all concerned people to join today’s protests in Johannesburg and Cape Town –        Join at 10am at Church Square, Pretoria and 11am at Parliament, Cape Town   PRETORIA, 31st MARCH 2017: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is deeply troubled by the President’s decision to remove five Ministers and three deputy Ministers […]

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TAC & SECTION27: We can’t endorse the HIV & TB plan (NSP) in its current form

JOHANNESBURG, 30th MARCH 2017 – HIV and tuberculosis (TB) remains at crisis levels in South Africa. Every year around 270 000 people are still newly infected with HIV. A recent Statistics South Africa report listed TB as the number one reported cause of death in South Africa. Drug-resistant TB is a serious and growing problem that […]

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“Comrade Kathrada has left us with a broken heart”

Johannesburg, 28th March 2017 – Today we mourn the passing of our leader Ahmed Kathrada – a true revolutionary and stalwart of the liberation struggle. His devotion and dedication as a freedom fighter will never be forgotten. The Treatment Action Campaign sends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Kathrada in this sad […]

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TB infection control falls short in many clinics – TAC survey

–        Government must urgently conduct an infection control audit of all public facilities   JOHANNESBURG, THURSDAY 23rd MARCH: In the run up to World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) assessed the state of TB infection control in a number of clinics across South Africa. Of 158 facilities assessed, 114 were found to […]

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Tobeka Daki Campaign issue statement to Human Rights Council

This letter was issued by the Tobeka Daki Campaign for Access to Trastuzumab to the Human Rights Council today – on International Women’s Day – as they convene a panel discussion on access to medicines in the context of the right to health. The letter can be accessed here.

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TAC Gauteng demands audit of health facilities after Charlotte Maxeke collapse

JOHANNESBURG, 3rd MARCH 2017 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Gauteng is alarmed at the collapse of an entrance to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg yesterday. Hospitals are a place of safety and shelter, not a place where people are hurt. Our thoughts go out to those injured and we are thankful that […]

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Will the 2017 budget address the health system crisis?

JOHANNESBURG, WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH: South Africa is facing an ongoing crisis in the public healthcare system. The 2015 General Household Survey indicated that seven in every ten households use public clinics and hospitals. However, when they access these facilities they are faced with dysfunction. Hospitals that leave patients on stretchers without being seen. Doctors in […]

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GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST ROCHE’S INHUMANITY #RocheGreedKills

ACTIVISTS AROUND THE WORLD MARCH #ForTobeka – Demonstrations held at Roche & pharma associations in South Africa, Malaysia, UK, France, Zambia, Brazil, US (further campaign activity in India, Russia, Ukraine, Morocco, Zimbabwe) – 108 organisations endorse a letter to Roche (*signed version collected at Roche SA on 7th February) Tuesday, 7th February 2017 – Swiss multinational […]

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TAC demands full accountability for Life Esidimeni tragedy

Johannesburg, 2 February 2017: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the report of South Africa’s Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, into the Life Esidimeni tragedy in Gauteng. The devastating report titled “THE REPORT INTO THE ‘CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATHS OF MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS: GAUTENG PROVINCE’” and sub-titled “NO GUNS: 94+ SILENT DEATHS AND STILL COUNTING” […]

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World AIDS Day 2016: Provincial public healthcare system still in crisis

TAC to host night vigil and World AIDS Day march HIV and TB remain crises in South Africa. Every year there are approximately 280 000 new HIV infections and 140 000 HIV-related deaths in the country. To turn the tide on HIV and TB we need all government departments and all provinces to take this crisis seriously. With the […]

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