KHAYELITSHA, 27th March 2014: Over 500 health activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) marched to Khayelitsha Hospital to demand urgent action to address the ongoing problems in accessing quality treatment and care services. The TAC is frustrated with the ongoing high volume of complaints about poor treatment and care at Khayelitsha Hospital following numerous complaints by community members facing ill treatment. As an organisation that fought for equal access to health services, TAC are compelled to again intervene in this matter and have collected further testimonials...Read more
The TAC and SECTION27 call on the Minister of Health to urgently bring an end to the financial woes facing the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). The continued year-on-year delayed and non-payment by Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal speaks to a failure of governance and oversight on the part of the National Department of Health and National Parliament.
The NHLS is responsible for the vast majority of HIV and tuberculosis related tests conducted in the South African public health system. It also plays a critical role in screening for cervical cancer which, in the words of...
Launch of People's Health Manifesto: TAC demands accountability from politicians
TAC to march on office of Premier Ace Mashagule
BLOEMFONTEIN, 20th MARCH 2014: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations marched on the office of Free State Premier Ace Mashagule to demand he takes concrete steps to bring an end to the severe problems in the Free State health system. The march forms part of TAC's campaign to hold politicians to account through our People's Health Manifesto. The People's Health Manifesto contains...
On March 6 and 7 the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) sent out our "People's Health Manifesto" with 11 questions to 20 political parties. The manifesto and questions were informed by TAC’s experiences in the communities where we work and were developed in consultation with community members and partner organisations. Through the manifesto we aimed to put the critical problems experienced by users of the public healthcare system onto the political agenda. With the 11 questions we aimed to get political parties to make clear policy commitments on the key problems in our health system. The...Read more
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.