Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
TAC welcomes the announcement that a newer and better first line ARV regimen will be made available in the public sector in South Africa and many other countries at a lower price than the current first line regimen. While many countries will benefit, steps should be taken to ensure that excluded countries like Thailand and Malaysia can also benefit from the deal.
At TAC’s 6th National Congress outgoing TAC Chairperson Nkhensani Mavasa gave a revolutionary and rousing speech calling for comrades to focus on dealing with three crises – gender discrimination, poverty, and our broken healthcare system.
TAC’s National Congress demanded new focus and energy in struggle for dignity and life! This historic Congress resolved to make bringing an end to the crisis in our public healthcare system our top priority over the next three years – through campaigns such as our “Clinics in Crisis” campaign.
In August, the Department of Trade and Industry published the Draft Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I, 2017. The Fix the Patent Laws Campaign welcomed its publication for public comment. Many people in South Africa continue to die and suffer because they cannot access the medicines that they need. This policy provides hope to those people.