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TAC runners' reflect on the Comrades 2012: from comrades to Comrades

 

The Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) running team, Runners for Health, have successfully completed the 2012 Comrades Marathon. Seven of the runners finished the race in time to receive a medal - six managed to get bronze medals. Read what team members had to say about their experience of the marathon here.

  

 

A PUBLIC LECTURE AT UCT: FIX THE LAW, SAVE OUR LIVES

A public lecture by Catherine Tomlinson, Senior Researcher for the Treatment Action Campaign and Mara Kardas-Nelson, Access and Innovation Officer for Médecins Sans Frontières

14 June 2012, 18:00 for 18:30
Barnard Fuller, Conference Room 4
University of Cape Town

 

AGENDA FOR TAC, MSF, SECTION27 AND OXFAM MEETING ON TB

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), SECTION27 and Oxfam will host a meeting on the morning of the launch of the 3rd SA TB Conference in Durban. The meeting will bring together community members, patients, activists, health care workers and government. The aim of the meeting is to examine challenges in reducing new cases of, and treating, tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistant (DR) TB.

The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to attend please confirm with lieve.vanleeuw@tac.org.za

When: Tuesday 12 June, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Hall 3B, International Convention Centre, Durban

Tackling TB in South Africa: Invitation to attend TAC, MSF, SECTION27 and OXFAM meeting on TB

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), SECTION27 and Oxfam will host a meeting on the morning of the launch of the 3rd SA TB Conference. The meeting will bring together community members, patients, activists, health care workers and government. The aim of the meeting is to examine challenges in reducing new cases of, and treating, tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistant (DR) TB.

Invitation to attend activist meeting prior to the launch of the 3rd TB Conference of South Africa

Dear Partner
The Treatment Action Campaign, SECTION27, Oxfam and MSF will be hosting a meeting prior to the launch of the 3rd TB Conference of South Africa. The 3rd TB Conference entitled “Reaching the Targets” will be hosted in Durban from 12 – 15 June (registration for the conference ends 18 May).

The conference will be launched on 12 June at 4:00 pm. Prior to the launch, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, TAC, SECTION27, Oxfam and MSF will hold a meeting for activists, academics, government, community members and patients.

The aim of the meeting will be to better capacitate delegates to engage with the conference. Additionally, the meeting will set up an activist agenda to be taken forward during and after the conference.

Some of the topics that will be addressed in the meeting include: expanding diagnosis and treatment of TB; the high cost of MDR-TB medicines; the need for compassionate use access to bedaquiline; and, the rollout and high costs of the GeneXpert. This meeting will build on the agenda and activism that developed from the August 2011 activist meeting on TB (see details here).

The meeting will conclude with the drafting of a memorandum to be received during the Conference and released to the media. Please confirm your attendance to the meeting with Lieve Vanleeuw at lieve.vanleeuw@tac.org.za.

Warm regards

Lihle Dlamini
Deputy General Secretary
Treatment Action Campaign

 

TAC would like to thank the Varsity Kudus for their drive to raise money for the participation of Runners for Health in the upcoming Comrades Marathon.

TAC would like to thank the Varsity Kudus for their drive to raise money for the participation of Runners for Life in the upcoming Comrades Marathon.
The Varsity Kudus are a running group based at Wits University in Johannesburg. TAC secretariat member and avid runner, Mark Heywood, belongs to the Kudus club. Runners for Life is a running group of TAC that was organised and is lead by TAC’s General Secretary.
Runners for Life aim to participate in the 2012 Comrades Marathon, South Africa’s gruelling, annual 89km (56 miles) race running between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. This year’s race will take place on 3 June.

Below is an excerpt from the Kudus newsletter about the drive. You can also sponsor Runners for Life’s participation in the race by following the instructions included in the Kudus newsletter.

TAC to argue that public interest and the right to access to health care services must be considered in patent dispute at the Supreme Court of Appeal

On 15 May 2012, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear arguments in the case of Aventis Pharma SA and Others v Cipla Life Sciences and Others in the patent dispute over the cancer medicine Docetaxel (brand name Taxotere). The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has been admitted to the proceedings as amicus curiae (friend of the court) and is represented by SECTION27. TAC will argue for the protection of the rights of people in need of medicines in disputes of this nature.

Civil society organisations call for an enquiry into the ongoing stock-outs of medicines

Statement by the Treatment Action Campaign, the HIV Clinicians Society of Southern Africa, the Rural Health Advocacy Project, the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, SECTION27 and Médecins Sans Frontières

There have been ongoing shortages of antiretroviral medicines, specifically tenofovir (TDF) and abacavir (ABC) since March in facilities across South Africa. These shortages are compromising the health of patients taking these medicines. We call for urgent resolution of the shortages and for an enquiry into their cause.

TAC asks Supreme Court of Appeal to consider public health in patent dispute over cancer medicine

The TAC National Council has resolved to seek admission in a legal dispute between the brand name drug company Aventis Pharma and the generic company Cipla, over a claim of patent infringement on a drug that treats cancer called Docetaxel. SECTION27 will act as attorneys for TAC. This briefing note sets out the background to the legal dispute and explains why TAC is arguing that the Supreme Court of Appeal must consider the right of access to health care services when it judges this dispute.

DON'T MISS IT! Treatment Action Campaign Benefit evening: Sunday, 15 April 2012

Please join us for an evening filled with fabulous fun to raise funds for the Treatment Action Campaign  the World's most effective Aids group.

Your R100 cover charge will go straight to the TAC and includes a show by the amazing Odidiva, a raffle ticket and a live auction. See attached for more info.

Please pass this on to anyone who you think may be interested.

Many thanks!

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