Tuesday, 11 December 2012 - 00:00

Today, the Constitutional Court overturned a ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the matter of Dudley Lee vs. the Minister of Correctional Services.
This is a landmark case that highlights the State’s responsibility for ensuring that the constitutional rights of detainees are maintained and safeguarded. The Court described the judgment as “of importance, not only to the parties, but also to other inmates and the health sector generally.  The judgment also upholds the right to a remedy for individuals in the position of Lee.
 The majority of the Court...

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Monday, 10 December 2012 - 00:00

Today the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)  turns 14 years old. Since we were born on the steps of St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on International Human Rights Day 1998, it seems like the world has changed. This year’s birthday comes as a time where many celebrate signs that we moving to the right direction due to expanded access to ARV's. This does not mean the war against HIV and AIDS is over, as many of us tend to forget where we come from and that the road ahead needs more focus. We are disturbed that many global leaders – particularly of developed countries - have started to...

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Friday, 7 December 2012 - 00:00

The South African patent office does not substantively examine patent applications. As long as administrative requirements are met, patents are usually granted. As a result, many patents of poor quality are granted. A University of Pretoria study estimated that had the South African patent office examined patents, 80% of patents would not be granted.
Granting an excessive number of patents leads to reduced competition.
In the case of medicines, it can lead to high prices and lack of access. Many medicine patents that are granted in South Africa are not granted in other...

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 - 21:47

This morning the Department of Health announced the award of the new tender for antiretroviral medicines (ARVs), which will run from January 2013 to December 2014. The release of the tender comes at the time when the world prepares to commemorate the fight against HIV/AIDS. 1 December 2012 marks World AIDS Day, a day in which people globally unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to remember the people who have died.
TAC welcomes government’s announcement that for the first time 1st line fixed-dose combination ARVs and third line antiretroviral medicines will be procured for...

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 - 21:40

During 16 Days of Activism 2012, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) will launch its new guide for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and activists working to combat GBV in their communities. 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign to combat violence against women and children that runs from 25 November – 10 December. TAC’s guide for activists and survivors is now available online here and being delivered to TAC branches and partners working to combat gender-based violence across the country.  Below is a short excerpt from page 7, which explains the aims of the guide:...

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