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Monday, 24 March 2014 - 14:34

24 March 2014 - World TB Day
 
Currently available medicines for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) require 18 to 24 months of treatment. This consists of a regimen of anything from 4 to more than 20 different pills daily, plus supplements and regular injections. These medicines can have serious side effects, including hearing loss and liver failure. According to the WHO Global TB Report 2013, South Africa counted close to 16,000 MDR-TB cases in 2012 of which only 42% were started on treatment. Of those that start treatment less than half are currently being cured.
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 08:25

On March 7th 2014 the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) launched its People's Health Manifesto. The manifesto put 11 questions to all political parties. As parties submit their responses this week, TAC will be conducting a number of public dialogues, marches and other events as part of our effort to make politicians more responsive to the needs of our communities.

TAC's main focus this week will be a march on March 20th in Bloemfontein in the Free State. We chose the Free State due to the severe difficulties in that province's health system and the lack of effective leadership from...

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Friday, 14 March 2014 - 10:39

Complete intellectual property policy now – after six years of delay;
Without implementing internationally recognised public health safeguards, medicines will remain inaccessible
 
2014-03-13, CAPE TOWN – Marching to Parliament the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 led over 1,500 health activists from 13 organisations to express dismay over the government’s ongoing delays in completing South Africa’s Intellectual Property (IP) policy, in line with their Constitutional obligation to realise...

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 16:54

FINALISE THE IP POLICY BEFORE ELECTIONS & GIVE US BETTER ACCCESS TO MEDICINES
 
Activists demand rapid completion of intellectual property policy six years in the making; without internationally recognised public health safeguards policy will be health disaster
 
2014-03-11 PRETORIA -- Marching to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 led 1,000 health activists to demand the finalisation of a National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy...

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Monday, 10 March 2014 - 09:54

MEDIA INVITE: PHOTO OPPORTUNITY -- FIX THE PATENT LAWS CAMPAIGN
 
Health activists to demand completion of South Africa's Intellectual Property Policy outside DTI offices, Pretoria and Parliament, Cape Town.
Over 2,500 health activists across the Western Cape and Gauteng will march on the DTI offices in Pretoria and Parliament in Cape Town to demand that South Africa fix its intellectual property laws to improve access to affordable medicines in the country.
 
TUESDAY 11th MARCH - DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & INDUSTRY, PRETORIA ...

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