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Thursday, 19 September 2013 - 16:28

The Minister of Health announced today results of an investigation into the state of healthcare in the Eastern Cape and aspects of a plan to address the crisis. He acknowledged that the impetus behind this response was pressure from the Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) and a report released by certain Coalition members.
 
The ECHCAC welcomes the Minister’s commitments and is dedicated to monitoring their implementation. We will moreover continue to report on problems brought to our attention.
 
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 - 15:56

Tomorrow the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is coordinating a nationwide day of action to demand an end to the on-going drug stock-out crisis ravaging across South Africa - as well as urgent action to address the deterioration of quality health care services in various parts of the country.
 
The TAC will be marching in solidarity with the people of the Eastern Cape, and a broad coalition of civil society organisations, to challenge the unacceptable condition of health care currently being provided in the Province. The TAC and SECTION27 today published a special report...

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Monday, 9 September 2013 - 13:17

Health groups call for wide public consultation
 
Johannesburg, 9 September – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 welcome the announcement that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called for public comment on the long-overdue draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (IP). The DTI has taken heed of  calls for urgent reform, by offering numerous recommendations to prevent the patent system from having a detrimental impact on public health.
 
This policy is not just about legal...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 - 08:27

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the approval by the US Food and Drug Administration of the antiretroviral medicine dolutegravir. This is a new integrase inhibitor (brand name Tivicay) that could potentially become a vital drug in the global struggle against HIV. TAC calls on all parties involved to ensure widespread availability of Dolutegravir in South Africa and across the developing world.

  • Dolutegravir was as good or better in the studies that led to approval than the comparison combinations, including Atripla (a brand name combination equivalent to the most...
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Wednesday, 7 August 2013 - 06:29

This is a memorandum dated 7th August delivered to representatives from the Department for Trade and Industry, including Minister Rob Davies, ahead of a workshop in coordination with the WTO, WHO, WIPO calling on the DTI to urgently “Fix the Patent Laws” to improve South Africans’ access to medicines. You can access the original memorandum here.
 
 
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) urgently call upon the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to...

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