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Antiretrovirals and prevention of sexual transmission of HIV - A TAC Briefing

Exciting new evidence has demonstrated the potential of antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) to prevent HIV from being sexually transmitted. This TAC briefing explains the evidence and then discusses policy implications.

JSC interview raises concerns about judicial appointment process

On 20 August 2011, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) passed a resolution “on the procedure it would follow for the purpose of being consulted by the President of South Africa on the suitability of Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for appointment as Chief Justice of South Africa”.  In particular, the resolution noted that the JSC would “issue an invitation to the law bodies … and other institutions with an interest in the work of the JSC, to make written submissions”.

Joint Statement - Zoliswa Nkonyana murder trial set to conclude after five years

On 4 February 2006, Zoliswa Nkonyana was brutally murdered in Khayeltisha, Cape Town. A group of young men stabbed, clubbed, kicked and beat her to death. Zoliswa was 19 years old and lived openly as a lesbian. For this, she lost her life. She died only metres from her home. The court case – which has been ongoing for more than five years - against nine of the men who stand accused of murdering her is finally scheduled to be concluded. We have been informed by the Magistrate that the verdict will be delivered when the trial reconvenes from 7 - 9 September 2011 at the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court.

TAC - Taking HAART: Our history is now at a theatre near you!

The Treatment Action Campign's struggle for antiretroviral treatment has been captured in a beautiful documentary produced by Community Media Trust. The documentary starts showing at the Tri-Continental Film Festival tommorrow!

Say no to Novartis!

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) supports the Union of India, Cancer Patients Aid Association & others in the case brought against them by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis in relation to the interpretation of Section 3(d) of the Indian Patent Act.

Mobilise Against TB

On 10 August 2011, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the HIV Clinicians Society of Southern Africa (HIVSOC) and SECTION27 hosted a meeting of scientists, clinicians, policy makers, government and activists to ignite South Africa’s response to the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. The meeting looked at the challenges of the epidemic, as well as opportunities to improve the country's response so that we can reduce new TB cases and improve the cure rate.

All people with HIV with CD4 counts below 350 are now eligible for antiretroviral treatment

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the announcement today by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe that all people with HIV with CD4 counts below 350 cells/mm3 will be offered antiretroviral treatment.

SECTION27 AND TAC welcome Green Paper on National Health Insurance

SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcome the release of the Green Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) for public comment. As organisations committed to the realisation of the right of everyone to have access to health care services, as guaranteed in section 27 of the Constitution, we value the opportunity to participate in what appears to be a clearly defined and well-considered policy development and implementation process that is to be accompanied and underpinned by legislative reform.

The NSP 2011-2016 zero draft out now for consultation

This Draft Zero of the new National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, STIs and TB has been drafted based on inputs from a variety of sectors and provinces. It is important to note that several government departments and SANAC sectors are still in an internal consultation phase, and have yet to make their initial inputs.

CORRECTION: Call for consultants - External evaluation: Treatment Action Campaign's Eastern Cape programme, 2008-11

The overall purpose of the evaluation is to capture what the project has achieved, how it made that difference, and what has been learnt that should be taken into account for immediate and future programming.

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