Friday, 12 April 2013 - 15:01

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced in December last year that the Department of health will be rolling-out a Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) antiretroviral pill that combines three drugs into one. With this FDC many patients will only take one pill, once a day. This one pill contains the individual medicines Efavirenz (EFV), Tenofovir (TDF) and Emtricitabine FTC).
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) welcome the introduction of this FDC into the public health sector. If introduced properly,...

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Thursday, 4 April 2013 - 15:21

On the 28th of March the Department of Health hosted a National Health Consulatative Forum at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg.
Below are three of the presentations from the consultation.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - 14:14

On 9 – 10 November 2012, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27 and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) brought together global treatment activists to discuss guiding principles and access maximising provisions for terms and conditions that should be sought in the licenses negotiated by the MPP and others. 
By reaching civil society consensus on a number of key issues and setting terms and conditions to be sought in licenses, civil society will have a tool to campaign around, as well as to assess future licenses negotiated by the MPP as well as other voluntary licenses...

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Monday, 25 March 2013 - 15:55

Today, 22 March 2013, while we commemorate World TB day, we need to take stock of the progress we have made in fighting the disease.
Today, TB remains the number one cause of death in South Africa. Approximately 1% of the South African population develops TB disease every year. That is 500,000 people per year. Despite an improvement of the cure rate over the years, the treatment success rate of new TB infections is still below the global target of 85%. The epidemic is further compounded by MDR-TB with at least 13,000 new cases projected for 2013. South Africa continues to...

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Monday, 25 March 2013 - 15:50

MEMORANDUM: Realise the right to health in prisons: we need an effective and comprehensive HIV and TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support programme in prisons now!
Today, 24 March, we commemorate World TB day and South Africa focuses its attention on the scourge of TB in prisons. TB is the leading cause of natural deaths in South African prisons and the leading cause of death and morbidity in people living with HIV. Moreover, TB that develops and spreads in prison does not stay in prison: it reaches into communities and families and affects all...

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