Friday, 11 December 2015 - 14:26

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the publication of the long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper.
 
TAC supports the principles of social solidarity and risk-sharing that underpin NHI. We consider a progressive and an effectively structured and implemented NHI to be essential to the achievement of universal health coverage in South Africa in the medium to long term.
 
We will not at this stage comment on the details of the proposals in the white paper. We will first consult with our members and members of our communities about the...

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Monday, 7 December 2015 - 10:00

*This is a transcript of the speech given by General Secretary, Anele Yawa, at the closing ceremony of the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health
 
Delegates, friends, comrades,
 
I thank you for the opportunity to address you. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign here in South Africa. We have more than 8,000 members and 182 branches across the country. Our members are dependent on a struggling public healthcare system. Most of our members ar the poorest of the poor. 
 
Here in my country more than 80,000 people died...

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Monday, 7 December 2015 - 09:25

CAPE TOWN, 5th DECEMBER 2015: Today activists disrupted the calm halls of the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health. Activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27, the Global TB Community Advisory Board, the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) and the ITPC sat on the floors of the hallways and held their own plenary session in huge disappointment at the “business as usual” status quo of the Union.
 
“The Union are proud that they have ‘acted for 100 years’, but what is there to be proud of? TB remains the top killer in South Africa with over 80...

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Friday, 4 December 2015 - 18:50

CAPE TOWN, 4th DECEMBER 2015: Today, activists at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health demanded that pharmaceutical company Sanofi be held accountable for endangering failing to provide life-saving products to people and children living with TB and drug resistant TB in South Africa and across the world. Activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27, the Global TB Community Advisory Board, the Treatment Action Group (TAG), the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) and the ITPC. brought the exhibition room to a halt by picketing at Sanofi’s stand to...

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Friday, 4 December 2015 - 10:45

Yesterday over a thousand TB activists marched to the Cape Town International Convention Centre where the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health is taking place.

Amongst others, the memo asked the BRICS countries to tripple their investment in TB research. Currently the BRICS provide only 3.6% of global funding for TB research while the five BRICS countries together
account for 40% of the world's annual 1.5m TB deaths.

The memorandum was received by South African Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in his capacity as chair of the WHO Stop TB Partnership.

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