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19 Apr 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 Apr 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...

19 Mar 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 Mar 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 ...

15 Feb 2018

TAC welcomes resignation of former President Zuma – urges new Acting President Ramaphosa to initiate bold reforms

JOHANNESBURG, 15th FEBRUARY 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the resignation of Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa. Under Zuma’s disastrous Presidency key state institutions have been weakened, unemployment has risen, and corruption and mismanagement has flourished. As TAC...

19 Jan 2018

Political leaders – we will hold you accountable for the health crisis

Johannesburg, 19th January 2018 – Last week the national leadership of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) held our first meeting of the year to plan for the year ahead and take stock of the political developments over the holiday period. The reality is that in 2018, the South African public heal...

11 Dec 2017

Hospital Horrors

By Lotti Rutter and Leonora Mathe The hospital is full. Two young girls lie on trolleys in the main hallway. They are wrapped in pink blankets and drips come out of their arms and hang on the walls. One looks in severe agony. She calls out for a nurse again and again. Their mother tells us that t...

10 Dec 2017

Where are our rights this International Human Rights Day?

– TAC moves into 20th year, health activism needed more than ever JOHANNESBURG, 10th DECEMBER 2017 – Today on International Human Rights Day, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) moves into our 20th year. The government-led AIDS denialism that marked the early years of TAC’s struggle may be over, ...

30 Nov 2017

Clinics in crisis while politicians celebrate World AIDS Day

Findings released of TAC survey of 254 clinicsJOHANNESBURG, 30th NOVEMBER 2017 – As we head into World AIDS Day 2017 it is clear there is nothing to celebrate for the vast majority of people dependent on the public healthcare system in South Africa. Our public healthcare system remains deeply ...

2 Nov 2017

Detailed report on state of Limpopo Health System

POLOKWANE, 2nd NOVEMBER 2017 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Limpopo has released a detailed and comprehensive report today on the state of healthcare in the province. This will be delivered to MEC of Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba as 500 TAC members march to her offices in Polokwane.  “TAC ...

1 Nov 2017

TAC sit in at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital

The Gauteng health system is buckling with almost daily reports of challenges and peoples’ dignity and right to healthcare violated. While the spotlight this week is rightly on the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings, that tragedy is unfortunately symptomatic of the wider collapse of the public h...

31 Oct 2017

Mahlangu must face justice

JOHANNESBURG, 31st OCTOBER 2017 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) considers it critical that former Gauteng MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu must testify before the arbitration hearings relating to the deaths of 141 people with mental health problems in the Life Esidimeni tragedy. That Mahlangu...