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World Health Organization’s independence and integrity are non-negotiable

* Statement issued by Third World Network, People’s Health Movement, and International Baby Food Action Network at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. A civil society statement on the World Health Organization’s Proposed Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA) at 69th World Health Assembly that the TAC signed onto can be accessed here. Geneva, 24 […]

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TAC writes to National Prosecuting Authority with concerns about delays in trial of MEC Malakoane

* Letter sent to National Prosecuting Authority and Free State Prosecuting Authority on Friday 20th May 2016. The orginal letter can be accessed here. — Dear Adv Abrahams, Adv Ketani and Adv Khanyile Delays in State v Malakoane and 6 others (case number 308/2013) and the investigation into MEC Malakoane and others in case number […]

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TAC and SECTION27 Welcome Historic Judgment in Silicosis and TB Class Action

JOHANNESBURG, FRIDAY 13TH MAY 2016: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 welcome the judgment handed down by Deputy Judge President Mojapelo today in the South Gauteng High Court in the case of Bongani Nkala and 68 Others v Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd and 31 Others. This judgment is an important step toward providing […]

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State capture vs justice: Free State edition

As published in the Daily Maverick on Thursday 12th May 2016 available here. — By Anele Yawa Roughly two years ago, Free State MEC for Health Dr Benny Malakoane did a favour for his political contact Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. That favour may have cost a woman her life. We demand justice. On 1 September 2014, […]

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Free State Health Crisis Coalition Demands MEC Malakoane be Brought to Justice

– 16 strong Free State Health Crisis Coalition launches with the mandate of campaigning to bring an end to the health crisis in the province’s public healthcare system. THURSDAY 12th MAY, BLOEMFONTEIN: 500 people marched today to the SAPS and the Free State Prosecuting Authority to demand the SAPS must urgently conclude its investigation into […]

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SA Government takes Promising Stand on Patents

But public remains in the dark regarding stalled policy process The Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) coalition welcomes recent public comments made by Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi about patents and patent law in South Africa and in other developing countries. Earlier this month Minister Davies […]

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Is the End to AIDS Just a PR Exercise?

Speech delivered by TAC General Secretary Anele Yawa at the opening of the HIV Clinicians conference on Wednesday 13th April 2016.  Conference delegates, people living with HIV, clinicians, friends and comrades. My name is Anele Yawa. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign and a user of the public healthcare system. The […]

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The Road to Durban 2016

– TAC statement following the meeting of the National Council, March 30th – 31st 2016 On March 30th and 31st 2016 the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) National Council met in Booysens, Johannesburg. The National Council is made up of TAC’s national and provincial leadership. It is TAC’s highest decision-making body between congresses. The National Council […]

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Global Action Against Pharma Greed

We are not fooled: Global health activists confront pharmaceutical industry over excessive medicine prices On 1st April 2016, activists across the world are protesting against the greed that blocks access to essential medicines. April Fools’ Day is an appropriate day to highlight both the extortionate price of medicines and the lack of transparency around research […]

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Activists Demand Roche Drops Cost of Vital Breast Cancer Medicine

THURSDAY 31st MARCH 2015, JOHANNESBURG – Today, members of the Fix the Patent Laws campaign, including Advocates for Breast Cancer, the Cancer Alliance, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Doctors without Borders, People Living with Cancer, SECTION27, the South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance, the Treatment Action Campaign, and Wings of Hope are picketing outside pharmaceutical […]

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Declaration on Access to Medicines Handed to UN Chair of High-Level Panel

On Wednesday evening Justice Edwin Cameron described the fact that some people cannot access the medicines they need as deserving of moral outrage. Justice Cameron was speaking at an event co-hosted by the Department of Health and the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines. A lack of access to essential medicines in both rich […]

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TAC to participate in and picket outside United Nations hearings in Johannesburg

On Thursday the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) together with partners Cape Mental Health, Advocates for Breast Cancer, People Living with Cancer, and SECTION27 will picket outside hearings held by the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines (details below). We will urge the High Level Panel to place the […]

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TAC and partners call for rapid introduction of new TB test

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations today wrote to South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi urging the rapid introduction of a new tuberculosis (TB) test in hospitals in South Africa. The letter can be read here. TB is particularly difficult to diagnose in people living with HIV who have low immunity or who are seriously ill. […]

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Mbeki Shows No Remorse for Role in AIDS Deaths

– TAC responds to open letter published by AIDS denialist former President JOHANNESBURG, 8th MARCH 2016: On March 7, 2016 former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki published a letter titled “A brief commentary on the question of HIV and AIDS”. The letter comes seven and a half years after Mbeki was forced to step down […]

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Stop Stockouts Project Welcomes R300M Budget Allocation For Electronic Medicine Monitoring System

The Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP), a coalition of six civil society organisations monitoring the availability of medicines in South African public health facilities, has welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s allocation of R300m for developing a national electronic medicine stock management system. Minister Gordhan made the announcement during his budget speech in Parliament last week. “The Stop Stock Outs Project […]

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