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Friday, 7 March 2014 - 11:20

FRIDAY, 7 MARCH 2014 - The TAC today launched its 'People's Health Manifesto'. In the manifesto we pose 11 questions to all political parties. We have sent our questions and a copy of our manifesto to all political parties and will publish their responses on March 20.
 
We are doing this because we believe our leaders have to be held accountable. We are present in clinics, hospitals and communities every day and see first-hand what is working and what is failing. Our members are mostly users of the public health system.
 
Our manifesto will also be distributed...

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 15:41

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) invites all media to the launch of its People's Health Manifesto.
 
The manifesto contains 11 health-related questions that we will put to political parties in the run-up to the elections on May 7th. In this way we hope to sensitise political parties to key issues in our health system and to seek clarity on how parties intend to respond to these issues.
 
The manifesto was developed through extensive consultation with TAC members and partner organisations. While we could not cover all important issues in the health system, the...

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Monday, 3 March 2014 - 12:16

Sthembiso Memela, Provincial Treasurer of the Treatment Action Campaign was severely assaulted and left for dead on Thursday night. According to reports Memela was on his way home from a branch induction meeting on the TAC’s soon-to-be-released health manifesto in Elandskop and was a few metres from his grandmother’s house in KwaDambuza when he was assaulted at 8pm with a yet to identified heavy object.
 
The group of attackers pummeled him on his neck, head and the rest of his body, dragging him to the middle of the road, clearly in the hope that a car would run him over....

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 09:31

It has been over six years since the government began developing the draft policy on intellectual property that has been the focus of major public controversy following the PharmaGate scandal. The draft policy proposes measures that will improve the ability of all in South Africa to access life-saving medicines. Whether or not the current ANC led government can finalise a good policy presents a clear and concrete test of both their commitment to improving the health system (a Constitutional obligation) and their ability to deliver essential policy reforms. Failure to finalise the policy...

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 14:22

This updated research paper from the Treatment Action Campaign seeks to respond with reasoned analysis to a number of inaccurate claims that have been made by the pharmaceutical industry particularly in light of the PharmaGate scandal. The evidence highlights how South Africa’s current intellectual property system allows exploitation by foreign companies whilst impeding access to medicines and the growth of our local industry. Additionally, the paper demonstrates that there is little evidence to back up industry claims that the adoption of public health safeguards in South Africa will...

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