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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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 22:02

Recent news reports across the world included the incredible information that a baby had been cured of HIV. Is this really true?
This news was presented at an HIV medical conference (Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections) in Atlanta on March 4th.
Researchers reported that a 26-month old child, born with HIV and given antiretroviral drugs from when she was 30 hours old for about 18 months, no longer has detectable virus (using standard tests) after five months without treatment.
But, using very sensitive tests the...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 21:55

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) held its National Council (NC) on the 4th and 5th of March 2013 at Booysens, Johannesburg.  Below are some discussion points and the resolutions of the NC. Internal and organisational resolutions will be circulated separately.
The Current Political Situation:
Council deliberated on the outcomes and resolutions of the ANC Congress, which was held at Mangaung during December 2012, and noted the possible effects of these for TAC’s work and mission going forward. The NC noted with concern the growing attacks on and...

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Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 12:47

On the 4th of March 2013 members of the Treatment Action Campaign in Mpumalanga together with the community of Acornhoek picketed at the Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek at the Ehlanzeni Municipality. They picketed to voice their concerns about allegations of mismanagement against the hospital’s clinical manager, Dr. Thuketana.
The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) has been receiving extremely concerning reports from previous and current health care professionals regarding Dr. Thuketana’s conduct. RHAP, SECTION27 and the Rural Doctors Association (RuDASA) have since sent...

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