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SECTION27 and TAC applaud the Minister of Health and his team at the Department of Health (DoH) for their part in conceptualising, implementing and concluding a successful antiretroviral (ARV) medicine tender. Announced yesterday, the 2010 tender – for the period 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012 – will see the state procuring ARV medicines at or about the best prices available globally.
1 December 2010
Today, SECTION27, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Gay and Lesbian Equality Project and COSATU hosted a joint rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria to demand the immediate release of Tian Xi and other human rights defenders wrongly imprisoned in China. Tian Xi, an AIDS and human rights activist who has been imprisoned since 6 August 2010, was infected with HIV as a child during a surgical operation – a common event in China at the time – and has been actively campaigning for the rights of people so infected to receive compensation from the Chinese government.
SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcome the results of the Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Initiative (iPrEX) trial. Published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the study is the first to establish that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – taking antiretroviral (ARV) medicines before sex – reduces the risk of HIV infection. It follows closely on the heels of the CAPRISA 004 trial, which demonstrated that the use of tenofovir 1% gel reduced the risk of HIV infection amongst women at increased risk.
Barbara Hogan, our comrade, is retiring from government ending a very important chapter in SA history. When Barbara was appointed Minister of Health in 2008, most people did not know her. This tribute is written because she is a remarkable (almost anonymous) leader, a White person from a working-class background in the liberation movement and a woman in a male-dominated environment.
The Budget and Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF) held its fourth meeting on 12 November 2010. It brought together over 30 people from 10 organisations. The forum considered the Integrated Support Team reports, the antiretroviral tender and the future cost of antiretroviral treatment in the public health system. The forum also heard updates on events in the public health system in Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Free State provinces. An update on the TAC/CEGAA community budget monitoring project was also presented.
22 November 2010
22 November 2010
The Treatment Action Campaign's (TAC) second HIV & AIDS and STI National Strategic Plan 2007-2011 (NSP) Report serves to provide feedback with respect to NSP targets and progress made in measuring the level of implementation using the lessons learnt from the TAC six model districts - OR Tambo in the Eastern Cape, uMgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal, Mopani in Limpopo, Gert Sibande in Mpumalanga, Ekurhuleni in Gauteng and Khayelitsha in Western Cape.
The report is for the period July to August 2010.
Today the 41st World Lung Conference opens in Berlin. This is the main annual global TB conference. We are pleased that after decades of very little technological progress in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of TB, there are now important technological advances. There are promising new TB drugs in the pipeline and a new diagnostic that detects TB in less than 2 hours. But with these advances comes the challenge of ensuring that people most in need of them across the world can access them.
Civil society is taken aback by attacks on the motives of the recently held civil society conference emanating from the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) on 1 November 2010. We are surprised by the insinuations that the conference is part of a plot against the ANC. We expect better of the post-Polokwane ANC.