Sunday, 8 February 2009 - 22:27

The decision of the Free State government to scale back essential health care services has resulted in thousands of patients in immediate need of care being turned away from Free State clinics since 1 November 2008. This has caused avoidable deaths and illness.

The TAC and our partner, the AIDS Law Project, welcome the recommendation that was made by the Program Implementation Committee (PIC) of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) on 5 February, proposing that the moratorium on access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) for new patients in the Free State be lifted by Monday...

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Friday, 30 January 2009 - 16:09

Today, the Pretoria High Court handed down judgment in the matter of Treatment Action Campaign v Minister of Correctional Services and Another (case no. 18379/2008). The judgment is available online at In short, Justice Southwood's decision provides as follows:

  • It orders the Minister of Correctional Services ("the Minister") to furnish the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) with unedited hard and electronic copies of a report of the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons (JIOP) into the death of an inmate ("MM") in August 2006....
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Friday, 30 January 2009 - 15:40

The Treatment Action Campaign and Friends of TAC (FOTAC) UK strongly endorse the following statement released yesterday by Sonke Gender Justice Network condemning recent offensive, sexist comments made by ANC Youth League President Julius Malema:

Sonke Gender Justice Network Strongly Condemns Comments Made by Julius Malema, ANC Youth League Leader:

Cape Town/Johannesburg, 28 January 2009: The Sonke Gender Justice Network is deeply disturbed by the sexist comments made last week by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and by the failure of the ANC to...

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Wednesday, 28 January 2009 - 09:06

On 19 December 2009 TAC wrote to Sakhiwo Belot, MEC for Health for the Free State Province, asking for clarity on a range of issues relating to the Free State’s critical, life threatening shortages of antiretroviral drugs. After having failed to receive a response from MEC Belot’s offices, TAC sent a follow-up letter on 21 January 2009, the deadline for response for which was yesterday, 26 January 2009. We are still awaiting a reply.


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Wednesday, 28 January 2009 - 09:00


The political troubles in Zimbabwe have taken a toll on the population’s health. A severe cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe and the surrounding region including South Africa, Angola, and Mozambique continues to claims more lives. The situation is critical.

Many people are struggling to get clean water and enough food. The cholera epidemic seems to be gathering new momentum. Figures released by the WHO show a massive increase from a “cumulative total of 48 623 cases and 2 755 deaths, with an overall fatality rate of 5.7 per cent”.

According to the Physicians for Human...

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