Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 04:51

- 1000 activists march to DTI to demand urgent reform of outdated patent laws
- Fix the Patent Laws campaign now comprises of 31 patient groups
- New medicine report shows how patents stop people accessing nine important medicines
27 September 2016 – PRETORIA: Today, more than 1000 activists from the Fix the Patent Laws campaign will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pretoria. They are demanding that the DTI take urgent steps to fix South Africa’s outdated patent laws so that everyone can get the...

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - 06:42

QWA QWA, 20th SEPTEMBER 2016: Members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Phuthaditjhaba report serious problems at Manapo Hospital that are putting people’s right to access healthcare in jeopardy. This follows last week’s strike by frustrated staff members including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, porters, cleaners, and kitchen staff who report to be overburdened and to have not received pay for significant amounts of overtime since 2015.
On Sunday 18th September the Hospital was very quiet. The gates were open and no security...

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - 22:23

-        We urge all governments to urgently adopt and act on UN recommendations to safeguard right to health.
-        South Africa must show the way by leading developing countries, especially the BRICS, the SADC and the AU, in adopting and building on the recommendations
JOHANNESBURG, 14th SEPTEMBER 2016: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 welcome the release of the United Nation Secretary General’s High-Level Panel Report on Access to Medicines. This UN report makes a number of important recommendations regarding how society pays for medicines...

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - 17:31

QWAQWA, 14th SEPTEMBER 2016: The Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 condemn reports of crisis emerging hourly from across hospitals in the Free State. We are receiving reports of entire hospitals being shut down, patients being turned away from full and overcrowded facilities, maternity wards filled with women on floors, shut down in overfull casualty and trauma units. The situation is untenable and must be addressed as an emergency.
We outline below specific reports per hospital:
 - Manapo Hospital
Staff at Manapo Hospital (...

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 14:14

WITBANK, MPUMALANGA - TUESDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2016: Today members of human rights organisations SWEAT, Sisonke, Women’s Legal Center, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 in Mpumalanga are demonstrating outside Witbank Police station. Together they strongly condemn the assault and the violation of sex workers’ rights perpetrated by the police, as well as the vandalism and damage of personal property of these individuals.  
Police recently raided the private homes of sex workers in Witbank, arresting several of them. During the raids property was damaged...

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