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.
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...Read more
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...
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...