Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
27 July 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...

16 July 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 ...

21 June 2018

TAC salutes SA bold decision on new TB treatment

21st June, Johannesburg – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) salutes the announcement by the Department of Health this week that a new medicine will become part of the standard treatment for people with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa. The medicine, bedaquiline, will r...

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 ...

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...

24 October 2017

Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Draft policy must urgently be finalised and laws must be amended to save lives  24 October 2017 – Pretoria – Today, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our pate...

26 September 2017

TAC welcomes access to cutting edge HIV treatment

JOHANNEBSURG, 26th SEPTEMBER 2017 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the announcement that a newer and better first line antiretroviral 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. Wh...

14 August 2017

Coalition welcomes release of Draft Intellectual Property Policy

JOHANNESBURG, 14th AUGUST 2017 – On 8 August 2017, 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 (FTPL) welcomes its publication for public comment. The FTPL, a coalition of 34...

13 June 2017

Coalition welcomes landmark Competition Commission probe into prices of cancer medicines

JOHANNESBURG, 13 JUNE 2017: The Fix the Patent Laws coalition welcomes the Competition Commission’s announcement earlier today that they will investigate the pricing of several cancer medicines in South Africa. This is a major victory in our struggle to ensure that all people in South Africa can ...

15 May 2017

KZN healthcare system in crisis

DURBAN, 15th MAY 2017: KwaZulu-Natal’s healthcare services are in a state of emergency with shocking details shared by health workers in the province. Reports reflect a collapsing health system which is in many cases no longer delivering adequate healthcare to the most vulnerable.   Hospitals a...

8 March 2017

Tobeka Daki Campaign issue statement to Human Rights Council

This letter was issued by the Tobeka Daki Campaign for Access to Trastuzumab to the Human Rights Council today - on International Women's Day - as they convene a panel discussion on access to medicines in the context of the right to health. The letter can be accessed here.

1 March 2017

Will the 2017 budget address the health system crisis?

JOHANNESBURG, WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH: South Africa is facing an ongoing crisis in the public healthcare system. The 2015 General Household Survey indicated that seven in every ten households use public clinics and hospitals. However, when they access these facilities they are faced with dysfunction....