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Friday, 14 August 2015 - 15:05

DON’T TRADE AWAY OUR HEALTH – PHARMA ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE SOUTH AFRICAN PATENT LAW REFORM & ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MEDICINES

 

Johannesburg/New York, August 13, 2015: A submission to the United States Government shows South Africa is facing pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to backtrack on intellectual property (IP) law reform that aims to improve access to medicines in exchange for eligibility for ongoing inclusion in the United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), SECTION27 and...

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Friday, 24 July 2015 - 14:41

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Limpopo Supports the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union’s (NEHAWU) campaign against the Limpopo Department of Health for failing both workers and users of the public healthcare system in the province.
 
In a statement released on Thursday NEHAWU said that the provincial health department is failing the people of Limpopo by allowing the deterioration of infrastructure and by failing to address ongoing shortages of medicines and medical equipment. The NEHAWU statement read, “Over the past five {5}  years the department has...

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 - 15:48

Findings from the landmark START trial were presented at the International AIDS Society Conference held in Vancouver, Canada, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Data from another important trial called TEMPRANO was also published in the NEJM. In light of the compelling findings from these two trials the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is updating its position on HIV treatment in South Africa.
 
 1.     All HIV positive people in South Africa should be RECOMMENDED antiretroviral therapy (ART)
START is a randomized...

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 10:28

LIVE FEED AT INQUIRY
 
The Free State health system has been in crisis for several years. This province faces more stockouts of essential medicines and supplies than any other province. Each day there are new reports of patients facing inadequate, often undignified and inhumane, and sometimes altogether suspended services. However, the Free State provincial government continues to deny there is a crisis.
 
In order to expose the truth in the province today and tomorrow (7th and 8th July) an independent...

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 09:36

Next week from 6th – 9th July the trial of the 117 Community Healthcare Workers takes place in Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. At the same time so to will the Free State health system be on trial in the People’s Commission of Inquiry. Find below details of both hearings.
 

  1. People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Health System

 
BACKGROUND:
The Free State health system has been in crisis for several years. This province faces more stockouts of essential medicines and supplies than any other province. Each day there...

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