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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Thursday, 29 November 2012 - 07:06

The Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF), the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA), Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) and the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (The Society) are deeply concerned by widespread stock outs at health facilities in the Eastern Cape, which have been caused by the collapse of the medicines supply chain from the Mthatha Medical Depot.
We call on the National Department of Health, the Eastern Cape Department of Health and provincial leadership,...

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Friday, 23 November 2012 - 13:31

The Treatment Action Campaign is calling for the phase out of Stavudine (D4T) as a first line treatment in the public health care sector. On 25th November 2012,  TAC General Secretary Vuyiseka Dubula and Dr Eric Goemaere ( MSF)  will be debating with the former head of the South African clinicians society why we do not need  D4T . The TAC members and patients will hold a demonstration outside the Cape Town International during the D4T debate at the Clinician Society Conference.
D4T was previously one of three antiretroviral drugs (ARVs)...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 10:12

Today is the trial of Professor Karabus in the UAE.
On 26 September TAC sent a letter to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation requesting urgent intervention in the case of Professor Cyril Karabus. We have not received a proper reply. Professor Karabus served most of his life as a paediatrician in the South African public health system. He worked for many years at Red Cross Children's Hospital. By all accounts he has dedicated his life to public service. After retiring, he worked as a locum in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). No doubt if Professor Karabus had instead...

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