Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
10 Mar 2014

MEDIA INVITE: Thousands march to Fix the Patent Laws!

MEDIA INVITE: PHOTO OPPORTUNITY — FIX THE PATENT LAWS CAMPAIGN Health activists to demand completion of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Policy outside DTI offices, Pretoria and Parliament, Cape Town. Over 2,500 health activists across the Western Cape and Gauteng will march on the DTI offic...

7 Mar 2014

Treatment Action Campaign launches ‘People’s Health Manifesto’

FRIDAY, 7 MARCH 2014 – The TAC today launched its ‘People’s Health Manifesto’. In the manifesto we pose 11 questions to all political parties. We have sent our questions and a copy of our manifesto to all political parties and will publish their responses on March 20. We are doing this because we...

5 Mar 2014

Media alert: Launch of a people’s health manifesto

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) invites all media to the launch of its People’s Health Manifesto. The manifesto contains 11 health-related questions that we will put to political parties in the run-up to the elections on May 7th. In this way we hope to sensitise political parties to key issue...

25 Feb 2014

Intellectual Property policy a test of government’s commitment to health and the Constitution

It has been over six years since the government began developing the draft policy on intellectual property that has been the focus of major public controversy following the PharmaGate scandal. The draft policy proposes measures that will improve the ability of all in South Africa to access life-s...

13 Feb 2014

TAC Research Paper: The Economic & Social Case for Patent Law Reform in South Africa

This updated research paper from the Treatment Action Campaign seeks to respond with reasoned analysis to a number of inaccurate claims that have been made by the pharmaceutical industry particularly in light of the PharmaGate scandal. The evidence highlights how South Africa’s current intellectu...

11 Feb 2014

TAC calls for accountability and openness in addressing quality of health care services in the Free State!

Intimidation and death threats of activists must end now! The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is deeply concerned with the quality of healthcare services and leadership in the Free State. In 2013 we received frequent reports of medicine stockouts and poor conditions at clinics and hospitals in th...

7 Feb 2014

MSD and others must be held accountable for PharmaGate plot

500 activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) picketed yesterday at the offices of the pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD) over their involvement in the controversial PharmaGate plot. The plot aimed to undermine and substantially delay South Africa’s long awaited IP polic...

5 Feb 2014

NO MORE SECRET PLANS TO DESTROY OUR HEALTH!

Today the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), SECTION27 and Doctors without Borders (MSF) held a public action outside an Executive Board meeting of the Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa (IPASA). There has been significant public outrage about a proposal exposed by the Mail & Guardi...

17 Jan 2014

TAC responds to big pharma plan to derail patent law reform in South Africa

Today the Mail & Guardian published a story entitled – “Motsoaledi: Big pharma’s ‘satanic’ plot is genocide” regarding leaked documents revealing that the international pharmaceutical industry planned a $450,000 campaign against the proposed patent law reforms in South Africa. In reaction the Tre...

18 Dec 2013

TAC calls on SANAC to condemn and investigate intimidation of its leaders in the Free State and will write to the ANC to complain about deaths threats to several provincial leaders

18 December 2013 In recent months the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has campaigned to draw attention to serious problems in the public health system that are having a negative impact on the quality of HIV prevention and treatment programmes. During our National Day of Action on September 12th t...

3 Dec 2013

TAC and SECTION27 joint statement re: the World AIDS Day protest march and plans to fix health services in Gert Sibande

World AIDS Day is a very important day internationally. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 respect the dignity of the day and the decision of SANAC and the National Department of Health to use it to promote voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and relaunch HIV Counselling and...

1 Dec 2013

Nothing to celebrate on World AIDS Day in Mpumalanga

PIET RETIEF – Over one thousand Treatment Action Campaign members marched to the official World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief today to draw attention to the real challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs) in the province, specifically critical drug stock-outs and a collapsing public h...