Friday, 2 April 2010 - 12:29

TAC welcomes the implementation of the updated HIV treatment guidelines, recently published by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). The updated guidelines came into effect on 1 April 2010. The guidelines are available on the SANAC website at

The updated guidelines adopt some of the recent recommendations made by the World Health Organization (WHO). Most notably, the guidelines phase out the use of stavudine (d4T) in favour of tenofovir (TDF). TDF has fewer side effects and requires fewer treatment switches than d4T...

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Thursday, 1 April 2010 - 13:40

On 30 March, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) member and world renowned musician Annie Lennox visited TAC’s Khayelitsha office to film the activities of TAC’s prevention and treatment literacy programme.

Lennox is the founder of the ‘SING Campaign’, which raises money for programmes that support women and children that have been affected by HIV. The ‘SING campaign’ is a funder of TAC’s Eastern Cape prevention and treatment literacy programme.

On 30 March, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) member and world renowned musician Annie Lennox visited TAC’s Khayelitsha office to film...

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Friday, 26 March 2010 - 22:57

IBSA is a trilateral, developmental initiative between India, Brazil and South Africa to strengthen South-South cooperation and policy dialogue & coordination among these major emerging countries.

Do you have any thoughts and ideas about the following?:

- What is the role of the emerging countries in shaping world politics?

- How can India, Brazil and South Africa strengthen cooperation in key issues on the global agenda?

- How can an enhanced policy dialogue contribute to the promotion of inclusive growth in the South?

IBSA is a trilateral,...

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010 - 11:38

MSF, TAC, City of Cape Town, and Western Cape Province Department of Health show decentralised integrated TB/HIV care results in improved outcomes. Full TB/HIV integration must become a national reality now. On April 1st, the South African Department of Health will begin implementing the new antiretroviral (ARV) guidelines as outlined in President Jacob Zuma’s 2009 World AIDS Day speech. A scale-up of this immensity will require the implementation of many of the lessons learnt in Khayelitsha, including task-shifting to nurse-led initiation of ARVs, full TB/HIV integration, and adherence...

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Friday, 19 March 2010 - 13:41

South Africa is facing a shortage of healthcare workers in the public sector and it is necessary to attract and retain healthcare workers to strengthen healthcare delivery and to meet the targets for the treatment, prevention and care of HIV and TB. Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) is an important step to improving conditions and pay and establishing career paths in the public sector. The Department of Health has already announced that new OSD packages for medical practitioners, pharmacists and some emergency personnel will be implemented from 1 April 2010.

The issue with...

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