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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 16:23

CAPE TOWN, 17th June: Today activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) demonstrated outside Parliament to demand the urgent finalisation of South Africa’s Intellectual Property (IP) Policy before the end of July 2014 – almost one year after the publication of the draft policy in the Government Gazette. In contrast to the activities inside Parliament, the activists were dressed in patient gowns and walked a ‘black carpet’. The activists aimed to highlight the reality for many patients across South Africa who are unable to access the medicines they need because they are unavailable,...

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 09:44

Over 70 organisations globally have called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to urgently finalise South Africa's National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy in an open letter delivered today. You can find a PDF of the open letter below. The Fix the Patent Law campaign thanks all signatories for their support for improving access to medicines in South Africa!
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Open letter from Civil Society groups to Minister Rob Davies and the Newly Appointed Cabinet on the Urgent Need to Finalise and Adopt South Africa’s National IP Policy.
 
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Sunday, 15 June 2014 - 16:14

Activist statement to the 4th SA TB Conference
Call for TB and DR-TB in SA to be declared a Public Health Emergency in South Africa
 
Dear TB Conference 2014 Delegates
 
We know that TB is a preventable and treatable bacteria that can be beaten. We know that TB control has been prioritised in the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016, which aims to cut incidence and mortality by half.
 
Yet in South Africa:

  • TB mortality is the leading cause of death in adults and children. Latest figures show...
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Friday, 6 June 2014 - 11:14

THE ECHCAC MOURNS THE DEATH OF KWAZI EMMANUEL MBATHA
 
EASTERN CAPE HEALTH CRISIS ACTION COALITION
 
6 June 2014,
THE ECHCAC MOURNS THE DEATH OF KWAZI EMMANUEL MBATHA
The ECHCAC joins many in mourning the loss of Kwazi Emmanuel Mbatha. Kwazi passed away in the evening of Sunday 1 June 2014. Kwazi served as the spokesperson for the ECHCAC and was instrumental in its formation and strengthening. We are indebted to his work, vision, energy and kindness, all of which he brought to his work with the ECHCAC.
Kwazi joined the Rural Health...

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 10:30

29 MAY 2014, JOHANNESBURG - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27, Sonke Gender Justice and Awethu stand in solidarity with the striking mineworkers on the platinum belt in Marikana. Each of the organisations have made collections of clothing, money and food supplies amongst their staff and supporters to support the miners and their families, and will continue to do so going forward. 
 
After four months the mineworkers are in desperate need of provisions and funds as they are not receiving salaries. There have been reports of malnutrition and hunger as the...

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