Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
20 May 2016

TAC writes to National Prosecuting Authority with concerns about delays in trial of MEC Malakoane

* Letter sent to National Prosecuting Authority and Free State Prosecuting Authority on Friday 20th May 2016. The orginal letter can be accessed here. — Dear Adv Abrahams, Adv Ketani and Adv Khanyile Delays in State v Malakoane and 6 others (case number 308/2013) and the investigation into MEC Ma...

12 May 2016

Free State Health Crisis Coalition Demands MEC Malakoane be Brought to Justice

– 16 strong Free State Health Crisis Coalition launches with the mandate of campaigning to bring an end to the health crisis in the province’s public healthcare system. THURSDAY 12th MAY, BLOEMFONTEIN: 500 people marched today to the SAPS and the Free State Prosecuting Authority to demand the SAP...

31 Mar 2016

Activists Demand Roche Drops Cost of Vital Breast Cancer Medicine

THURSDAY 31st MARCH 2015, JOHANNESBURG – Today, members of the Fix the Patent Laws campaign, including Advocates for Breast Cancer, the Cancer Alliance, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Doctors without Borders, People Living with Cancer, SECTION27, the South African Non-Communicabl...

17 Mar 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 ...

11 Dec 2015

TAC Welcomes Publication of NHI White Paper

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the publication of the long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper. TAC supports the principles of social solidarity and risk-sharing that underpin NHI. We consider a progressive and an effectively structured and implemented NHI to be esse...

4 Dec 2015

Invest in TB research!

Yesterday over a thousand TB activists marched to the Cape Town International Convention Centre where the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health is taking place. Amongst others, the memo asked the BRICS countries to tripple their investment in TB research. Currently the BRICS provide only 3...

5 Nov 2015

Evidence Submitted at People’s Commission of Inquiry

Find below the evidence presented to the People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Healthcare System.  The LIVE STREAM to the open dialogue taking place can be accessed here.

19 Oct 2015

TAC Statement on Ongoing Silicosis Hearings

We call on mining houses to stop denials and obfuscation and to acknowledge wrong-doing and pay compensation From last Monday (October 12) the South Gauteng High Court has been hearing a historic case seeking justice for former mine workers who developed silicosis and/or tuberculosis because of...

27 Aug 2015

“Why are Our Babies Dying and Being Born with Disabilities?”

CAPE TOWN, 27th AUGUST 2015: 1,000 mothers, pregnant women and activists marched to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament today demanding to know “why our babies are dying and being born with disabilities.” They are demanding urgent action to address the ongoing problems in accessing quality mat...

24 Aug 2015

TAC/Sonke Background on amicus Application in Historic Gold Mining Lawsuit

On August 24 and 25 2015 the South Gauteng High Court is hearing our application to be admitted as “friends of the court” in the historic Nkala and others v Harmony and others class action lawsuit. We’ve prepared a briefing note to help our members and the public better understand what it is all...

1 Jul 2015

Media alert: Free State Health System on Trial

Next week from 6th – 9th July the trial of the 117 Community Healthcare Workers takes place in Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. At the same time so to will the Free State health system be on trial in the People’s Commission of Inquiry. Find below details of both hearings. People’s Commission of ...

15 Jun 2015

Over 1000 delegates at SA AIDS Sign Petition to Drop Charges Against Free State CHWs

1120 delegates attending last week’s 7th South African AIDS conference in Durban signed a petition to drop trumped up charges against 117 community healthcare workers in the Free State. They called on Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take a public positi...