Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 16:55

Media are invited to a National Summit on Intellectual Property (IP) and Access to Medicines organised by the “Fix the Patent Laws” campaign (led by the Treatment Action Campaign and a coalition of 13 civil society organisations) in Pretoria, on Monday, 20th October 2014.
 
One year after the public comment period closed on the draft policy, the government has yet to produce a final policy that will prevent abusive practices by pharmaceutical companies...

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Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 15:41

Over a hundred community health workers (CHW)’s  and the members of the Treatment Action Campaign  appeared at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today, regarding their criminal charges following their arrest at a peaceful vigil on 10 July 2014. The 129 community health care worker’s case was postponed to the 29th of January 2015.
 
The postponement is meant for the prosecution to provide the CHW’s the evidence against them and for the CHW’s to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mxolisi Nxasana,  that the charges should be unconditionally...

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 17:32

30 September 2014 - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) takes note of media reports today that we “face closure”. In response we have received many calls of support and concern. We would like to state that despite severe financial challenges, the TAC is not facing imminent closure. However if we have not raised the funding required by February 2015 we will have to make tough decisions.
 
The downscaling or closure of the TAC would be a major setback to our democracy and to South Africa’...

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Friday, 26 September 2014 - 15:09

26 September 2014, Pretoria – Twenty years ago the then AIDS Law Project (ALP) wrote its first letter to the Minister of Defence and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) challenging the practice of mandatory HIV testing and its continued refusal to deploy people living with HIV.
 
In the subsequent years the SANDF has continued to stigmatise and discriminate against countless men and women in its employ. It has chosen to ignore the growing body of medical evidence that people with HIV are capable of all forms of employment, including those demanding...

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Monday, 1 September 2014 - 16:25

Yesterday, lawyers from Webber Attorneys in Bloemfontein and SECTION27 met with the 130 community healthcare workers (CHWs) who were arrested during a peaceful night vigil on 10 July 2014. The CHWs were briefed on their options prior to a court appearance scheduled for today.
 
The CHWs agreed to explore a proposed settlement made by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as a means of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). Such a settlement had already been proposed by the DPP and would essentially involve a conditional acknowledgement of taking part in an “illegal gathering...

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