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19 March 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 ...

23 March 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...

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...

31 October 2014

TB Activists Call for a Bigger Piece of a Bigger Cake from the Global Fund

BARCELONA, 31st October 2014: A WHO and Global Fund study revealed that for the period between 2014 and 2016, there will be a funding shortfall for TB activities totaling up to US$ 1.6 billion/year, assuming that US$ 3.2 billion/year will be met through domestic financing. This figure however doe...

26 June 2014

A Prison Sentence Should Not be a Death Sentence

Memorandum delivered by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 to a representative of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services (DJCS) at the SA TB Conference on Thursday 12 June 2014. Department of Justice and Correctional Services must urgently recognise and confront the de...

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...

4 June 2013

High-level Roundtable on TB management in South Africa’s correctional centres held at Wits

Members of the criminal justice, social justice and health sectors discussed strategies to prevent and treat tuberculosis (TB) – the leading cause of death in South Africa’s correctional centres – at the University of the Witwatersrand on Tuesday, 28 May 2013. The roundtable focused on strengthen...

17 May 2013

Fix The Provinces and Rural Health to Make the Health Budget Work for All

Statement by SECTION27, RHAP and TAC 16 May 2013 On 15 May 2013 the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, delivered his annual National Health budget and policy speech (here). The speech provides an opportunity for the Minister and his department to communicate progress they have made in deli...

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...

25 March 2013

World TB Day: TAC delivers memorandum on TB in prisons to Minister of Health and Minister of Correctional Services

MEMORANDUM: Realise the right to health in prisons: we need an effective and comprehensive HIV and TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support programme in prisons now! Today, 24 March, we commemorate World TB day and South Africa focuses its attention on the scourge of TB in prisons. T...

19 March 2013

Statement and Key Resolutions of the TAC National Council following its meeting on 4 & 5 March 2013

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) held its National Council (NC) on the 4th and 5th of March 2013 at Booysens, Johannesburg.  Below are some discussion points and the resolutions of the NC. Internal and organisational resolutions will be circulated separately. The Current Political Situation: C...

11 December 2012

Landmark judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court on the management of tuberculosis in prisons

Today, the Constitutional Court overturned a ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the matter of Dudley Lee vs. the Minister of Correctional Services. This is a landmark case that highlights the State’s responsibility for ensuring that the constitutional rights of detainees are maintaine...