Thursday, 19 August 2010 - 00:00

We publish correspondence between the TAC and the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Government about the Tara KLamp, an unsafe circumcision device that the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health has used in approximately 1,000 circumcisions.


Here we publish correspondence between the TAC and the Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) Government about an unsafe circumcision device called the Tara KLamp.

On 12 July 2010, the TAC sent a letter to the KZN MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, alerting him to our concerns about the rollout of the Tara KLamp in Kwazulu-Natal. At that point approximately...

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Wednesday, 11 August 2010 - 12:08

This is the first edition of a report that TAC will produce quarterly. The report assesses TAC’s work in supporting the implementation of the NSP through identifying what has been achieved, lessons learnt, further gaps in policy, and opportunities at district level. The first report covers activities and campaigns from March – May 2010. TAC will develop subsequent reports in collaboration with SECTION27 (incorporating theAIDS Law Project).


The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) remains responsive to a changing health policy environment. Within the current policy context in...

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Tuesday, 10 August 2010 - 09:58

This week Mzilikazi wa Afrika, a Sunday Times journalist, was arrested in Rosebank Johannesburg. The circumstances, manner and cause of his arrest all seem to point to intimidation by the state and attempts to suppress freedom of expression. The right to free expression and freedom of the press and other media are essential components of democracy. That is why they are contained in the Bill of Rights. They are one of the essential means by which all people in South Africa, especially the vulnerable, exploited and poor, can hold government and the powerful private business sector to account...

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Tuesday, 3 August 2010 - 16:02

Article by Nonkosi Khumalo, Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campain. Originally published by the Sowetan on 3 August 2010.

In his column published in the Sowetan on 27 July 2010 (“Research on HIV prevention gel put black lives at risk”), Andile Mngxitama viciously attacks South African researchers who recently announced a huge breakthrough in the development of a microbicide, a gel that they hope women will be able to use to reduce their risk of being infected with HIV from sex.  Under the guise of black consciousness he distorts facts, takes an opinion on something he...

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Monday, 2 August 2010 - 11:35

ETV is promoting quackery by airing Christ Embassy’s weekly info commercial at 7:30 on Sunday mornings. During the commercial the pastor who runs the church claims to faith-heal a number of diseases including cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Christ Embassy's website claims that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the proprietor of this church, can faith-heal HIV. By claiming to heal life-threatening conditions, Christ Embassy is leading people to believe that they no longer have to adhere to treatment or seek appropriate medical care.

South Africa is facing dual HIV/TB epidemics and...

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