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Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 13:38

Memorandum delivered by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 to a representative of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services (DJCS) at the SA TB Conference on Thursday 12 June 2014.
 
Department of Justice and Correctional Services must urgently recognise and confront the deadly TB epidemic in its prisons.
 
TB is the number one cause of natural deaths in South Africa’s prisons. Due to poor data collection, the prevalence of TB and DR TB in prisons is unknown but is widely suspected to be dangerously high – the DJCS...

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 21:34

Free State Health System in Collapse – Lives are Being Lost
Urgent & Immediate Intervention from Minister of Health needed
 
JOHANNESBURG – The Free State health system is collapsing with stock outs of more than 200 essential drugs and supplies at the provincial depot, desperate health workers begging for help and stock outs of supplies needed for critical investigations such as electrocardiographies (ECGs).
 
ECGs monitor heart activity for various medical procedures. Out of stock drugs at the depot include antiretrovirals...

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 16:23

CAPE TOWN, 17th June: Today activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) demonstrated outside Parliament to demand the urgent finalisation of South Africa’s Intellectual Property (IP) Policy before the end of July 2014 – almost one year after the publication of the draft policy in the Government Gazette. In contrast to the activities inside Parliament, the activists were dressed in patient gowns and walked a ‘black carpet’. The activists aimed to highlight the reality for many patients across South Africa who are unable to access the medicines they need because they are unavailable,...

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 09:44

Over 70 organisations globally have called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to urgently finalise South Africa's National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy in an open letter delivered today. You can find a PDF of the open letter below. The Fix the Patent Law campaign thanks all signatories for their support for improving access to medicines in South Africa!
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Open letter from Civil Society groups to Minister Rob Davies and the Newly Appointed Cabinet on the Urgent Need to Finalise and Adopt South Africa’s National IP Policy.
 
We the...

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Sunday, 15 June 2014 - 16:14

Activist statement to the 4th SA TB Conference
Call for TB and DR-TB in SA to be declared a Public Health Emergency in South Africa
 
Dear TB Conference 2014 Delegates
 
We know that TB is a preventable and treatable bacteria that can be beaten. We know that TB control has been prioritised in the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016, which aims to cut incidence and mortality by half.
 
Yet in South Africa:

  • TB mortality is the leading cause of death in adults and children. Latest figures show...
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