CAPE TOWN, 21st January: A leaked industry email published by Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) yesterday proves the direct involvement of multinational pharmaceutical companies and the Innovative Pharmaceuticals Association of South Africa (IPASA) in the PharmaGate scandal. Despite attempting to distance themselves from the plot in public statements since the Mail & Guardian broke the story on Friday 17 January 2014, the leaked email illustrates that both IPASA and US-based industry body PhRMA (the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America) actively selected the “...Read more
Today the Mail & Guardian published a story entitled - "Motsoaledi: Big pharma's 'satanic' plot is genocide" regarding leaked documents revealing that the international pharmaceutical industry planned a $450,000 campaign against the proposed patent law reforms in South Africa. In reaction the Treatment Action Campaign's General Secretary Vuyiseka Dubula made the following statement:
"The Treatment Action Campaign is outraged over what appears to be a covert and well-funded plan...Read more
18 December 2013
In recent months the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has campaigned to draw attention to serious problems in the public health system that are having a negative impact on the quality of HIV prevention and treatment programmes. During our National Day of Action on September 12th this year we delivered memoranda to provincial governments in six provinces outlining these challenges. On November 28th the Stop Stockouts Project, of which TAC is a partner, published a report into stock-outs of HIV and tuberculosis medicines at facilities across the country. In this...
6 December 2013 - In exactly one week it will be 11 years since Madiba pulled a white t-shirt with the iconic words “HIV Positive” in purple over his head.
In that moment he became one of us and made a powerful statement against stigma, at the same time sending a message to the then denialist government that People living with HIV are part of this country and should be given lifesaving treatment.
Madiba was at the time visiting the Treatment Action Campaign and Médecins Sans Frontières in Khayelitsha.
TAC will hold this image of our smiling, waving...
World AIDS Day is a very important day internationally. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 respect the dignity of the day and the decision of SANAC and the National Department of Health to use it to promote voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and relaunch HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT). But the day also requires that we speak honestly about the challenges that face the response to HIV in SA and internationally.
The day belongs to activists as much as it does to governments and UNAIDS who have taken over the day and today seem to resent those of us who...