The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the AIDS Law Project (ALP) and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) have issued a joint statement demanding improved social assistance for people living with TB, HIV and other chronic illnesses. In particular the statement addresses recent changes to social assistance regulations; the cancellation and withdrawral of social grants for drug-resistant TB patients; the proposed chronic disease grant; and, the failure of disability grants to adequately provide for people living with chronic illness.
It has been explained to TAC by some of South Africa's leading demographers that the provincial and national prevalence reported in the antenatal survey for 2007 appears to have been calculated using a different methodology to 2006. The apparent decline in provincial and national prevalence in 2007 may therefore be a consequence of this change in methodology. Provincial prevalence is calculated using district prevalence. A comparison of antenatal prevalence at district level between 2006 and 2007 indicates that, if anything, there has been no decrease in prevalence. It is not necessarily...Read more
Yanga Janet was released on bail for R500 last week. The case will be heard today (2 September 2008) outside the
On 8 April 2008, TAC filed an urgent application at the Cape High Court for protection against Yanga Janet who had been intimidating and threatening TAC members in Harare Khayelitsha. Janet had been one of the four accused in the Nandipha Makeke rape and murder case, but the charges against him were dismissed...Read more
In Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille's recent address to the full City Council (27 August 2008) she states that it is disingenuous for the TAC to withdraw its case in the High Court (demanding norms and standards from government for the sites housing displaced persons) on the basis that these have subsequently been provided because the TAC "was party to the formulation of these standards from the word go, and knew they were coming".
In Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille's recent...Read more
A key advocacy issue that TAC will focus on going forward is TB. TB has historically been one of South Africa's largest health problems, especially in the mines and poor communities. This has been further exacerbated by the HIV epidemic. HIV-related TB is the leading cause of death in South Africa. Recorded TB deaths have increased from 25,640 in 1997 to 73,903 in 2005. Of particular concern is drug-resistant TB.
A key advocacy issue that TAC will focus on going forward is TB. TB has historically been one of South Africa's largest health problems,...Read more