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.”


Most of the recipients of South Africa’s Global Fund Round 6 grant have written an open letter to health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on the delay of grant payments. The recipients have asked the Minister to intervene and avoid imminent closure of life-saving programmes.

MSF-SA, TAC, SECTION27 and He-Tic picket at the Consulate General of India

Members of MSF-SA, TAC, Section 27 and He-Tic will picket at the Consulate General of India this Wednesday, 8th February to voice their concerns about the anti-public health policies being pushed on India by the European Union as part of a free trade agreement being discussed  at the upcoming EU-India Summit in New Delhi on 10th February.

Open letter to the High Commissioner to India for South Africa from TAC and SECTION27

The Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 have written a letter to the High Commissioner for India in South Africa requesting a meeting prior to the EU-India Summit which be held on 10 February 2012. The two organisations want to discuss provisions for the scale up of intellectual property, pushed by the European Union, in the impending EU-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the impact of these provisions on the health of people across the developing world.

Fix the Patent Laws

South Africa’s Patents Act fails to make use of the pro-public health provisions included in the TRIPS agreement and reaffirmed in the Doha Declaration. This is highly problematic given the massive disease burden in South Africa and the continuing rise in healthcare costs.This briefing paper details the legislative amendments that South Africa can make (within its rights under the TRIPS agreement) to its Patents Act. These amendments will facilitate the use of flexibilities within TRIPS to protect health.

Call To Tender: TAC Materials

The Treatment Action Campaign is advertising the following three tenders:

  • Tender 1: Design, layout and print management of Equal Treatment magazine and other TAC materials for the period February 2012 to December 31 2014.
  • Tender 2: Printing of Equal Treatment magazine and other TAC materials for the period February 2012 to December 31 2014.
  • Tender 3: Distribution of Equal Treatment magazine and other TAC materials for the period February 2012 to December 31 2014.

TAC is hiring Telephone Fundraisers

We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic and committed individuals to join our in- house telephone fundraising team. If you understand, are committed to the vision and mission of the TAC and want to be part of this movement, please apply.               

TAC is hiring!

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) seeks suitably qualified candidates to fill two vacant positions of District Coordinator and  District Policy, Communication and Research (PCR) Coordinator in the TAC Mopani/Tzaneen District office.

TAC calls for decisive action from the National Department of Health and Treasury to prevent the collapse of the National Health Laboratory Service

The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) is vital to our health system. It conducts virtually all diagnostics for the public health system. This also includes HIV viral loads, CD4 counts, TB culture and resistance tests. It is a functioning institution. But it is facing bankruptcy and collapse because the Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Departments of Health have failed to pay it.

Bail out global health – Message from Nonkosi Khumalo, TAC Chairperson

Today is World AIDS Day and this year we are marking 30 years since the discovery of AIDS. We can claim great successes in the response over the last decade. We have seen a shift from where people were dying with no access to treatment to about 7 million on treatment globally. But last week all that progress was put at risk.