Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
24 Oct 2017

Qedani Mahlangu must face the victims

JOHANNESBURG, 24 October 2017 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is happy to read that journalists have established that former Gauteng Health MEC and one of the primary people responsible for the Life Esidimeni tragedy, Qedani Mahlangu has been tracked to London. We are made to understand tha...

23 Aug 2017

TAC Chairperson’s speech for opening of National Congress 2017

A speech made by TAC National Chairperson Nkhensani Mavasa at the opening of TAC’s 6th National Congress on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 Comrades, It is my privilege to welcome you to TAC’s 6th National Congress. We are gathered here in a critical time in our history – both as members of TAC and as...

15 Aug 2017

SECTION27 and TAC oppose proposed amendment to abortion Act

JOHANNESBURG, 15th AUGUST 2017 – SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) have made a joint submission opposing the draft amendments to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996 (TOP Act) as proposed by the African Christian Democratic Party. We reject this amendment in the s...

17 Jul 2017

Goederede Clinic – still failing patients

KWAGGAFONTEIN, 17th JULY 2017 – Today 50 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga are picketing outside Goederede Clinic because of its failure to provide adequate healthcare services to the community. Patients who use the clinic face excessive waiting times, poor staff attitu...

13 Jul 2017

No end to the crisis at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital

In September last year, TAC Vosloorus marched to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital to highlight the ongoing crisis at the facility and demanded urgent intervention by the provincial health department. Yet, to date, the crisis continues to threaten people’s health, rights and lives. During an unannounced ...

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...

31 Mar 2017

By siding with the corrupt, Jacob Zuma has betrayed us all

–        We call on all concerned people to join today’s protests in Johannesburg and Cape Town –        Join at 10am at Church Square, Pretoria and 11am at Parliament, Cape Town   PRETORIA, 31st MARCH 2017: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is deeply troubled by the President’s decision to rem...

30 Mar 2017

TAC & SECTION27: We can’t endorse the HIV & TB plan (NSP) in its current form

JOHANNESBURG, 30th MARCH 2017 – HIV and tuberculosis (TB) remains at crisis levels in South Africa. Every year around 270 000 people are still newly infected with HIV. A recent Statistics South Africa report listed TB as the number one reported cause of death in South Africa. Drug-resistant TB is...

23 Mar 2017

TB infection control falls short in many clinics – TAC survey

–        Government must urgently conduct an infection control audit of all public facilities   JOHANNESBURG, THURSDAY 23rd MARCH: In the run up to World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) assessed the state of TB infection control in a number of clinics across South Afr...

3 Mar 2017

TAC Gauteng demands audit of health facilities after Charlotte Maxeke collapse

JOHANNESBURG, 3rd MARCH 2017 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Gauteng is alarmed at the collapse of an entrance to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg yesterday. Hospitals are a place of safety and shelter, not a place where people are hurt. Our thoughts go out to those injured ...

1 Mar 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....

2 Feb 2017

TAC demands full accountability for Life Esidimeni tragedy

Johannesburg, 2 February 2017: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the report of South Africa’s Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, into the Life Esidimeni tragedy in Gauteng. The devastating report titled “THE REPORT INTO THE ‘CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATHS OF MENTALLY ILL...