Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
28 Jun 2018

Western Cape: state of health

– Western Cape state of health report published The Western Cape health system is failing the people who rely on it. People dread to attend overcrowded and under-resourced clinics. They wait for hours or days to be seen by a nurse or doctor. Sometimes without any privacy from others waiting. P...

28 Jun 2018

Mpumalanga: state of health

– Mpumalanga state of health report published Mpumalanga’s ailing healthcare system is plagued with serious issues. You wait hours to see a doctor, even in emergencies. Overstretched nurses take out their frustrations on the patients waiting for services. Facilities have not been properly main...

28 Jun 2018

Limpopo: state of health

– Limpopo state of health report published  The Limpopo health system is plagued with severe staff shortages and a huge loss of experienced senior staff who have been seduced by better pay and working conditions in private hospitals. There are regular reports of theft of medicines, equipment t...

28 Jun 2018

KZN: state of health

– KwaZulu-Natal state of health report published  Each day in KwaZulu-Natal we hear reports of health system failures. Shortages of doctors, nurses and specialists that mean people wait hours, days or months for critical services. Broken equipment that mean cancer diagnostics and treatment are...

28 Jun 2018

Gauteng: state of health

– Gauteng state of health report published  Gauteng is the economic heart of South Africa. While South Africa’s smallest province, it has a population of over 13 million people (roughly a quarter of the population of South Africa). With lots of money around and most of the population relativel...

28 Jun 2018

Free State: state of health

– Free State state of health report published The Free State public healthcare system has been in a state of dysfunction for many years. We hear endless stories of ambulances that do not arrive leaving family members cradling their dying loved ones without medical assistance. Too many reports ...

28 Jun 2018

Eastern Cape: state of health

– Eastern Cape state of health report published For years the healthcare system of the Eastern Cape province has been teetering on the edge of complete collapse. Horror stories abound of dysfunctional hospitals, run down clinics, over stretched nurses, medicine shortages and stockouts, and amb...

22 Jun 2018

Shelved SIU report highlights gross financial mismanagement underpinning current Gauteng health crisis

21 June 2018, Johannesburg: SECTION27, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Corruption Watch are today making public a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report that documents widespread corruption and gross financial misconduct totalling some R1,2 billion in the Gauteng Department of Health (GD...

21 Jun 2018

TAC salutes SA bold decision on new TB treatment

21st June, Johannesburg – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) salutes the announcement by the Department of Health this week that a new medicine will become part of the standard treatment for people with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa. The medicine, bedaquiline, will r...

31 May 2018

TAC calls for urgent intervention at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

JOHANNESBURG, 31 May 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) Gauteng is deeply concerned with the unfolding strike action at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg today. This strike and the shutdown of services at the hospital is threatening the lives and well-being of patients admitted to...

31 May 2018

New laws needed now to save lives

Intellectual property policy welcomed after nine years of development JOHANNESBURG, 31 MAY 2018 – Yesterday, after nine years of development, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) finally published the Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I. The policy has ...

23 May 2018

TAC Rejects DA’s Political Opportunism Against EE

JOHANNESBURG, 23 May 2018 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is shocked and disappointed by the call made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Department of Education in the Western Cape (WC) for suspension of the activities of Equal Education (EE) until the investigation on sexual harassme...