Friday, 22 August 2014 - 12:06

On September 1st the 127 community healthcare workers and activists who were arrested during a peaceful night vigil on 10 July 2014 will appear in court in Bloemfontein. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations are planning a number of events in the run-up to September 1st and on the day itself. Below is a summary of our strategy and plans for this period.
 
These plans are part of our longer term campaign to bring an end to the ongoing crisis in the Free State healthcare system. We continue to gather evidence and testimonies from healthcare workers and...

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Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 10:41

Dear comrades,
 
As you may be aware, the public health system in the Free State has collapsed. For over a year we have released alerts stating our concerns, borne out of the many stories we receive on a frequent basis from those who are dependent on this crumbling health system.
 
The TAC has used formal channels to bring our serious concerns to the urgent attention of the National Health Minister, the Premier Ace Magashule and the Health MEC Dr Benny Malakoane. While the National Health Minister indicates that his hands are tied in terms of intervening,...

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Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 12:28

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) takes note of allegations in the media of misconduct against TAC leaders in the Free State from Mr Tefo Tabi, the head of the secretariat of the Free State Provincial AIDS Council (PCA). Mr Tabi has on request from TAC communicated his allegations to the General Secretary of the TAC, Anele Yawa, although he has up to now failed to furnish us with any detailed evidence. Mr Tabi’s allegations relate to payments for transport for stigma mitigation workshops conducted in the Free State that were co-hosted by the PCA and TAC Free State between June and...

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Friday, 1 August 2014 - 09:21

In his budget vote speech on Wednesday July 23 2014 Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi made two significant announcements relating to the treatment of HIV in South Africa:

  • From 1 January 2015 public sector HIV patients will be started on antiretroviral treatment once their CD4 counts drop below 500 cells/mm3. Currently treatment is provided once a person’s CD4 count drops below 350. The change brings South Africa in line with current World Health Organization (WHO) HIV guidelines.
  • From 1 January 2015 HIV positive pregnant women will be started on life-long...
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Monday, 28 July 2014 - 09:40

On World Hepatitis Day, organisations call on SA government: protect infants with HepB jab at birth & reduce patent barriers to HepB therapies
 
July 28, 2014, JOHANNESBURG—On World Hepatitis Day, 26 organisations and individuals from around the world have called on the South African Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to address the public health threat of hepatitis, by implementing hepatitis B immunisation at birth, and reforming national patent laws to promote access to more affordable hepatitis therapies...

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