A public lecture by Catherine Tomlinson, Senior Researcher for the Treatment Action Campaign and Mara Kardas-Nelson, Access and Innovation Officer for Médecins Sans Frontières

14 June 2012, 18:00 for 18:30
Barnard Fuller, Conference Room 4
University of Cape Town


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Invitation to attend activist meeting prior to the launch of the 3rd TB Conference of South Africa

Dear Partner
The Treatment Action Campaign, SECTION27, Oxfam and MSF will be hosting a meeting prior to the launch of the 3rd TB Conference of South Africa. The 3rd TB Conference entitled “Reaching the Targets” will be hosted in Durban from 12 – 15 June (registration for the conference ends 18 May).

The conference will be launched on 12 June at 4:00 pm. Prior to the launch, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, TAC, SECTION27, Oxfam and MSF will hold a meeting for activists, academics, government, community members and patients.

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Don’t Let Your Governments Trade Away Our Lives

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Europe  from Nonkosi Khumalo, Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa

"We are writing to you as people living with HIV/AIDS, who rely on access to affordable medicines to stay alive. We are writing you because your governments are pushing to limit our access to medicines through a Free Trade Agreement the EU is negotiating with India, which is the world’s largest producer of affordable generic medicines.  This week, as the EU and India meet for a summit in Delhi, our lives hang in the balance as the two sides make trade-offs to come to an agreement.  Don’t let your governments trade away our lives."

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TAC will have to close in January 2012 – Unless the Global Fund meets its contractual agreement

The TAC is an award winning South African social movement campaigning to save the lives of people living with HIV and TB. In the 12 years since it was established TAC has helped to save and better millions of people’s lives in South Africa. It has also contributed to the deepening of democracy in South Africa, through its use of the courts, advocacy and promotion of human rights constitutionalism. Internationally, TAC has been one of the most influential AIDS activist movements; an organisation that has catalysed action on HIV/AIDS across the world.

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High Court rules in favour of the Medicines Control Council

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled in favour of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) and others in a matter concerning Adcock Ingram’s resistance to the MCC’s decision to cancel the registration of drugs containing dextropropoxyphene (DPP). The MCC made the decision in April 2011 after coming to the conclusion that the risks posed by such medicines outweigh their benefits.

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TAC Briefing on adult and adolescent Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)

  • The evidence that voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) reduces the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual men is clear. Therefore the Department of Health must set ambitious targets for the roll-out of circumcision in the new National Strategic Plan.
  • The roll-out of circumcision must be respectful of human rights and consistent with the South African Constitution. Circumcision must be voluntary and only carried out with informed consent.
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Antiretrovirals and prevention of sexual transmission of HIV – A TAC Briefing

A TAC Briefing

Exciting new evidence has demonstrated the potential of antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) to prevent HIV from being sexually transmitted. This TAC briefing explains the evidence and then discusses policy implications.


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Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS Related Deaths – TAC and Partners write Letter to EU Embassies

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On 12 November 2010, TAC and partners jointly sent open letters to Cepheid and Tibotec calling for affordable and expanded access to the Xpert® MTB/RIF TB diagnostic test that works on the GeneXpert® diagnostic system  and for expanded access to the drug TMC207.

The Xpert MTB/RIF is a TB diagnostic test that detects TB disease and rifampicin resistance within two hours and is much more accurate than the currently available tests at district health centres. TMC207 is an experimental drug for TB that has shown success in patients with drug resistant TB. The addition of TMC207 to standard therapy resulted in a quicker time to sputum-negative conversion for patients with drug resistant TB in a phase II clinical trial.

Attached is an overview of the responses received from Cepheid and Tibotec, as well as, developments in pricing and endorsements.

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A tribute to Comrade Barbara Hogan

Barbara Hogan, our comrade, is retiring from government ending a very important chapter in SA history. When Barbara was appointed Minister of Health in 2008, most people did not know her. This tribute is written because she is a remarkable (almost anonymous) leader, a White person from a working-class background in the liberation movement and a woman in a male-dominated environment.

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4th BEMF meeting: Understanding the IST reports

The Budget and Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF) held its fourth meeting on 12 November 2010. It brought together over 30 people from 10 organisations. The forum considered the Integrated Support Team reports, the antiretroviral tender and the future cost of antiretroviral treatment in the public health system. The forum also heard updates on events in the public health system in Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Free State provinces. An update on the TAC/CEGAA community budget monitoring project was also presented.

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Money from mutilation: The Tara KLamp Story

Money from mutilation: The Tara KLamp Story1

Part one: Introducing the Tara KLamp

Part two: The dubious people selling the Tara KLamp

Part three: Where’s the money: The role of the Kwazulu-Natal Government

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Zille should look closer to home


(Reprinted for fair use) From: http://www.mg.co.za/article/2010-10-08-zille-should-look-closer-to-home


Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says a Human Rights Commission investigation into violence at Hout Bay’s Hangberg settlement, and its adverse ruling in the "toilets without walls" saga, are evidence the body is being used as a "political hit squad" against her, just as Ebrahim Rasool’s illegal Erasmus commission of inquiry was.

It is a serious allegation against a crucial democratic institution.

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A Week into the Public Sector Strike: TAC and SECTION27 Statement

We Demand Political Leadership & Engagement from the Highest Level of Government – Meet Union Demands for Decent Salaries and Conditions!

A week into the public sector strike the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 regret that no agreement has been reached between striking public service workers and the government. We support the demands of workers and their right to strike. But we regret the growing polarisation, pain and loss of life. This is now a political crisis that requires political leadership and a solution.

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Correspondence between TAC and the KZN government about unsafe circumcision device

Here we publish correspondence between the TAC and the Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) Government about an unsafe circumcision device called the Tara KLamp.

On 12 July 2010, the TAC sent a letter to the KZN MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, alerting him to our concerns about the rollout of the Tara KLamp in Kwazulu-Natal. At that point approximately 600 Tara KLamp circumcisions had been carried out in the province.

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