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

27 October 2016

SA and other BRICS must triple TB research funding

LIVERPOOL, THURSDAY 27th OCTOBER: In 2015 tuberculosis (TB) killed 1.8 million people on the planet. This is more than any other infectious disease, including HIV. Yet, investment in TB research remains disgracefully low. A new report by the United States-based Treatment Action Group (TAG) launch...

17 March 2016

Declaration on Access to Medicines Handed to UN Chair of High-Level Panel

On Wednesday evening Justice Edwin Cameron described the fact that some people cannot access the medicines they need as deserving of moral outrage. Justice Cameron was speaking at an event co-hosted by the Department of Health and the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access ...

27 February 2015

Letter to DTI on Finalisation of the National IP Policy

On Friday 20th February TAC wrote to the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department leading on the finalisation of the National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy that affects medicine pricing. The policy has been in development for over six years now and crossed three ANC-led administration...

30 October 2014

#CoughUpTheTBMoney – Civil society calls for tripling of money for TB research

BARCELONA, 29th OCTOBER 2014: Today at the opening plenary of the 45th Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona, activists from across the globe called on governments to dramatically increase spending on research and development (R&D) for new treatments for tuberculosis (TB). Treatment options for ...

24 March 2014

Better DR-TB medicines desperately needed

24 March 2014 – World TB Day Currently available medicines for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) require 18 to 24 months of treatment. This consists of a regimen of anything from 4 to more than 20 different pills daily, plus supplements and regular injections. These medicines can have serious s...

19 November 2013

Unconscionable delay of TB drug trial

– Janssen must run a Phase III trial of bedaquiline urgently – More investment in TB drugs and diagnostics urgently needed The current standard of care for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) consists of poorly tested drugs with horrible side-effects. We are desperately in need of new prop...

25 March 2013

World TB Day Memorandum: Step up the implementation of “Zero infections, deaths, stigma and discrimination from TB and HIV in my lifetime”!

Today, 22 March 2013, while we commemorate World TB day, we need to take stock of the progress we have made in fighting the disease. Today, TB remains the number one cause of death in South Africa. Approximately 1% of the South African population develops TB disease every year. That is 500,000 pe...

1 December 2011

Open Letter to HIVEX

Dear HIVEX Limited, Today, World Aids Day 2011, The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 submit this open letter and make the following demands to HIVEX Limited (HIVEX). Despite the lack of any scientific evidence that HIVEX treatment is an effective treatment for HIV, HIVEX continues to...

28 March 2011

Tuberculosis: Let’s make use of the new opportunities to reverse the epidemic

Tuberculosis (TB) has been one of the most important causes of premature death in South Africa. But the HIV epidemic has made it much worse, causing recorded TB deaths to triple from 1997 to 2005. TB kills more people in South Africa than any other disease. In Southern Africa and Eastern Europe, ...

9 September 2010

The need for expanded access to experimental medicines for drug-resistant TB

The risk of dying if you have multi-drug-resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB is very high. Data presented at last year’s Conference on Retroviruses showed that 69% of patients died within one year of presenting with MDR TB in Tugela Ferry. For XDR TB it was even worse at 82%. O...