Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 09:36

Next week from 6th – 9th July the trial of the 117 Community Healthcare Workers takes place in Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. At the same time so to will the Free State health system be on trial in the People’s Commission of Inquiry. Find below details of both hearings.
 

  1. People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Health System

 
BACKGROUND:
The Free State health system has been in crisis for several years. This province faces more stockouts of essential medicines and supplies than any other province. Each day there...

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 14:56

CAPE TOWN, 18th JUNE 2015: On Thursday, 18 June 2015, the application launched by Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG) and People Living with Cancer (PLWC) to intervene as amici curiae (“friends of the court”) in a matter concerning patient rights will be heard in the Western Cape High Court. 

In September 2014, Genesis Medical Scheme (“Genesis”) launched an application against the Minister of Health, asking the Western Cape High Court to review and set aside regulations that provide for the prescribed minimum benefit (PMB...

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Monday, 15 June 2015 - 13:06

1120 delegates attending last week’s 7th South African AIDS conference in Durban signed a petition to drop trumped up charges against 117 community healthcare workers in the Free State. They called on Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take a public position that the charges should be dropped.
 
The 117 community healthcare workers were arrested outside Bophelo House, the headquarters of the Free State Department of Health, in July 2014 for peacefully protesting against the unfair termination of their employment and the state of the...

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Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 14:57

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the release of the second report of the Stop Stockouts Project (SSP) today at the South African AIDS conference in Durban. TAC is a member of the SSP consortium that also includes the Rural Doctors Association of South Africa, the South African HIV Clinicians Society, Rural Health Advocacy Project, SECTION27 and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). 
 
The new report found that one in four facilities had experienced at least one stockout of an HIV, TB medicine or vaccine over a three month period toward the end of 2014. This is worse than...

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Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 09:27

Anele Yawa, TAC General Secretary - Speech at SA AIDS 2015 Plenary
 
Ladies and gentlemen, friends, comrades, thank you for the opportunity to address you this morning.
 
I am Anele Yawa. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign. We are a civil society organization with 182 branches and over 8,000 members across the country.
 
Our members are users of the public healthcare system. I am a user of the public healthcare system. We know the challenges faced on the ground. We experience first-hand how good or how bad the...

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