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31 May 2018

TAC calls for urgent intervention at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

JOHANNESBURG, 31 May 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) Gauteng is deeply concerned with the unfolding strike action at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg today. This strike and the shutdown of services at the hospital is threatening the lives and well-being of patients admitted to...

31 May 2018

New laws needed now to save lives

Intellectual property policy welcomed after nine years of development JOHANNESBURG, 31 MAY 2018 – Yesterday, after nine years of development, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) finally published the Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I. The policy has ...

23 May 2018

TAC Rejects DA’s Political Opportunism Against EE

JOHANNESBURG, 23 May 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is shocked and disappointed by the call made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Department of Education in the Western Cape (WC) for suspension of the activities of Equal Education (EE) until the investigation on sexual harassme...

19 May 2018

TAC statement on sexual harassment

Johannesburg, 19 May 2018 – In the dawn of Friday morning (18 May 2018), we woke up to the shocking news that Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) co-founder, Zackie Achmat, has been implicated in a cover-up involving the Doron Isaac sexual harassment case, as reported by Mail & Guardian. This and oth...

3 May 2018

TAC & Sonke Gender Justice welcome historic settlement for mineworkers

Johannesburg, 4 May 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Sonke Gender Justice welcome the historic settlement announced today in the case of 7 mining companies vs the former mineworkers who contracted silicosis and/or tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa’s gold mines. We particularly welco...

19 April 2018

Services resume at Themba Hospital

Nelspruit, 19 April 2018 – Yesterday 50 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga held a sit at the office of the provincial MEC of Health and Head of Department. The sit in took place as a last resort following the three week strike at Themba Hospital that had intensified into...

17 April 2018

TAC calls for urgent government intervention at Themba Hospital

Nelspruit, 17 April 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga is deeply concerned with the ongoing strike action at Themba Hospital in Ehlanzeni. The strike and subsequent shut down of health services is threatening the lives and well-being of patients admitted to and trying to acc...

9 April 2018

TAC, SECTION27, & Sonke Gender Justice call for an independent investigation into UNAIDS’s mishandling of sexual harassment allegations

Johannesburg, 9 April 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27, and Sonke Gender Justice are deeply concerned by the way UNAIDS (the United Nations agency responsible for AIDS), and its head Michel Sidibé, has mishandled a recent case of alleged sexual harassment. We are particularly...

6 April 2018

Reckless calls for suspension of HIV money threatens AIDS response

Johannesburg, 6 April 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) distances itself from the memorandum of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Civil Society Forum (CSF) on 5 April 2018 with regard to HIV/AIDS funding in the country. Calls to suspend and redirect AIDS financing without p...

19 March 2018

Red alert on TB infection control in clinics

– Results of TAC survey of 207 public clinics shows TB infection control still falling short.        – Government must urgently conduct an infection control audit of all public facilities JOHANNESBURG, 19th MARCH 2018 – In the run up to World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24 March 2018, the Treatment ...

7 March 2018

KwaMhlanga Hospital – failing the people who rely on it

7th March 2018 ‘I will never forget the night when I pleaded with nurses to remove my stillborn child from the side of the bed where I was sleeping. I was told there is no other place where they can put my child.’ Last week, Nomvula* spoke of the deep pain she felt on the night she gave birth to ...

2 March 2018

Novartis must end ‘bullying tactics’ over lifesaving medicines

JOHANNESBURG, 2 MARCH 2018 – Today Swiss multinational company Novartis is facing pressure from activists globally demanding that they end the ‘lies, threats and bribes’ towards governments trying to improve access to medicines in their countries. Protest actions are taking place at Novartis offi...