NB: We have planned major improvements to the campaigns part of the website.
TAC campaigns for access to medicines for all people with HIV, to prevent new HIV infections and for a better public health system. We run a large treatment literacy programme, which provides scientifically accurate information to people with or at risk of HIV, their family, friends and supporters on the prevention and treatment of HIV. We also run a women's health campaign, an international solidarity campaign (whose current focus is on health in Zimbabwe) and a people with HIV mobilisation campaign. TAC has a policy, communications and research department, whose aim is to develop and provide scientifically accurate information about the epidemic to all people.
The Resources for Health campaign is focused on meeting the NSP targets for HIV/TB prevention and treatment by 2011 by providing additional resources for health.
The NSP aims to accomplish the following goals by 2011:
"How does a preventable, curable disease become the leading cause of all natural deaths in SA, and the leading cause of all AIDS-related mortalities on our continent? Well, first we take drug-sensitive TB, a perfectly curable form of tuberculosis, and mismanage it for decades in health structures with poor infection control, weak diagnostic capacity, insufficient education on TB, inadequate resources and minimal political commitment. We observe substandard cure rates and increasing mortality figures. Over time, our poorly functioning TB programmes are manufacturing drug-resistant TB strains — the result of inadequate or incomplete TB treatment — but we don't worry about this too much until multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB explodes in our faces." -- Paula Akugizibwe, AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa
A series of draft articles by Mark Heywood on politics and health.
South Africa's acclaimed HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan (NSP) was endorsed by Cabinet on 3 May 2007. It was a fine example of how civil society and government can work together to alleviate the HIV epidemic. Here you can find the NSP itself and its costing annexure.
An archive of TAC's electronic newsletters, memos and other publications since its inception on 10 December 1998.
In May 2008, the High Court ruled against the South African National Defence Force's discriminatory policy of excluding HIV-positive persons from recruitment, external deployment and promotion in the military. The AIDS Law Project, representing the South African Security Forces Union and HIV-positive soldiers, had taken the SANDF to court because the matter is of national and international significance. The Court's order means that:
It is the promotion of one or more of the following pseudo-scientific views: (1) HIV does not cause AIDS, (2) the risks of antiretovirals outweigh their benefits and (3) there is not a large AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.
Here we present links to documents debunking these myths. We also present links to documents showing the dire consequences of AIDS denialism.
We do not update this page very often unfortunately. TAC has a huge collection of photographs. Only some of them are in digital format, even fewer are on the website and not all of them are on this page. We have not at this stage sorted our photographs for easy access, so if you do email us requesting a photograph, we might not be able to meet your request.
See the back issues of Equal Treatment (available on the website by selecting Equal Treatment on the menu) for more photographs.