Tuesday, 2 March 2010 - 22:41

TAC is concerned about the lack of human and financial resources to meet universal access targets and the international trend away from funding HIV/AIDS programmes. Over the next two weeks TAC’s female leadership will be involved in a number of international activities to ensure that meeting universal access targets remain a global priority.

In 2005, in Gleneagles Scotland, G8 governments committed to fund and support universal access to HIV treatment, care and support by the end of 2010. TAC is concerned about a lack of human and financial resources to be able to meet these targets...

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Tuesday, 2 March 2010 - 13:07

These three reports by Anna-Maria Lombard in City Press (14 February 2010) paint a damning picture of the South African public health system.

Medicine Stockouts - 3 stories from City Press


National Stockouts

South Africa’s already crippled state hospitals have run out of life-saving medicines.

These three reports by Anna-Maria Lombard in City Press (14 February 2010) paint a damning picture of the South African public health system....

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Tuesday, 2 March 2010 - 10:25

The Budget and Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF), which draws together individuals and organisations from civil society, academia, government, organised labour and business, focuses attention on ensuring that sufficient money is budgeted for and appropriately spent on meeting the treatment and prevention targets of the national HIV & AIDS and STI Strategic Plan for South Africa 2007-2011 (NSP) as well as for health more broadly. BEMF held its first meeting on 21 August 2009. BEMF’s second meeting, which was held in Johannesburg on 5 February 2010, drew together over 40 people from...

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Wednesday, 24 February 2010 - 10:18

By Vuyiseka Dubula, General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign

President Zuma’s leadership on AIDS needs some constructive scrutiny. However, we do not want to impose moral judgements on people, especially on their private matters. Many of the responses to the President's actions have been hysterical and self-righteous. But the President is not just any person. People look to him to set an example. In a country without a serious HIV epidemic, it might be arguable that his extra-marital affairs are for him and his family alone to resolve. But South Africa has the world's...

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Saturday, 20 February 2010 - 13:09

HIV, TB and Malaria continue to be the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region remains home to 62% of global HIV infections and 72% of global AIDS mortality - mainly amongst women and children. It is estimated that there are 33.4 million people living with HIV. Most of them continue to face illness and death if they are unable to access treatment.

South Africa remains the epicenter of the epidemic. The country has 28% of the global population of people with dual HIV/TB. South Africa has a maturing HIV epidemic, mainly driven by heterosexual sex,...

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