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21 Aug 2018

TAC Gauteng demand meeting with MEC

21 August 2018 For immediate release by TAC Gauteng The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) Gauteng has been requesting a meeting with MEC of Health Gwen Ramokgopa to address the health crisis facing the province since November 2017. Since this date, and despite numerous requests, the MEC has failed ...

18 Aug 2018

Support South Africa at UN – we need better & affordable TB medicines!

Johannesburg, 18 August 2018 – Negotiations are currently underway in New York for a United Nations (UN) political declaration on tuberculosis. In order to have a meaningful impact on the TB epidemic, members states must make concrete commitments to address the global TB crisis – a crisis that ki...

18 Aug 2018

Civil Society Solidarity on TB HLM Declaration

Below are a list of statements and actions that have taken place so far in support of the inclusion of TRIPS flexibility language in the United Nations (UN) declaration on tuberculosis: Global Coalition of TB Activists and Treatment Action Campaign intervention at AIDS2018 panel on TB:  https:/...

7 Aug 2018

Activists demand removal of Mahlangu & Hlongwa

Johannesburg, 7 August 2018 – Today hundreds of activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Corruption Watch marched to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to demand that Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa be removed from their positions in the ANC, and in the case of Hlongwa, as a MPL a...

27 Jul 2018

Seizing the moment for TB – TAC intervention

Speech delivered by TAC Chairperson Sibongile Tshabalala and TAC General Secretary Anele Yawa at #AIDS2018 at a session titled: “Seizing the moment for TB” on 27 July 2018. Comrades, I come from the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa I thank my comrade from India, Blessi Kumar for giving u...

24 Jul 2018

AIDS2018: Time to make AIDS political again

By Anele Yawa Two years ago, we welcomed the world to the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. At a march of ten thousand people we held up banners proclaiming that 20 million people still need treatment. At that conference we said to the world that AIDS is not over – and ind...

24 Jul 2018

AIDS2018: G23 women draw a line in the sand

This is a statement read out by the group of 23 women as Michel Sidibe took to the stage at the opening plenary. “…a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it, and within it is not struggle at all.” – Arundhati Roy We are the group of 23 women who dared...

24 Jul 2018

Activists call on countries & donors to immediately scale up use of TB LAM test

Provocative distribution of yellow lemonade in urine collection cups calls attention to need for this simple, urine-based test Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22 July — At the TB 2018 pre-conference held on Sunday 22 July 2018, before the International AIDS Conference, activists from around the globe cal...

18 Jul 2018

TAC Western Cape protest major bed shortage at Khayelitsha District Hospital

Khayelitsha, 18th July 2018 – Today members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Western Cape are holding a picket at Khayelitsha District Hospital to highlight the ongoing crisis facing the facility and demand urgent intervention by the provincial health department. Recent monitoring by TAC...

17 Jul 2018

Open letter to Gauteng Premier Makhura

Johannesburg, 17 July 2018 – Today the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Corruption Watch delivered three open letters to the Office of the Gauteng Premier, the Acting ANC Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, and the Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature enquiring into the corruption findings against A...

16 Jul 2018

Activists call on Johnson & Johnson to drop the price of bedaquiline

South Africa’s Department of Health recently announced that it will replace painful, hearing-loss inducing injections to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) with a less toxic and more effective treatment. The new drug, called bedaquiline, does not cause hearing loss and can be taken ...

28 Jun 2018

TAC releases provincial state of health reports

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has today released a series of reports in the provinces in which we work that highlight the state of public healthcare services. Each TAC branch has adopted a primary healthcare facility local to them and have been monitoring the state of services at these faci...