Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
13 Apr 2017

TAC & SECTION27 mourn the passing of Professor Wainberg

It is with deep regret that we at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 have learned of the passing of Professor Mark Wainberg. As TAC we extend our deepest condolences to Professor Wainberg’s family, friends and colleagues – both in Canada and across the world.   Professor Wainberg p...

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...

28 Mar 2017

“Comrade Kathrada has left us with a broken heart”

Johannesburg, 28th March 2017 – Today we mourn the passing of our leader Ahmed Kathrada – a true revolutionary and stalwart of the liberation struggle. His devotion and dedication as a freedom fighter will never be forgotten. The Treatment Action Campaign sends our heartfelt condolences to the fa...

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...

8 Mar 2017

Tobeka Daki Campaign issue statement to Human Rights Council

This letter was issued by the Tobeka Daki Campaign for Access to Trastuzumab to the Human Rights Council today - on International Women's Day - as they convene a panel discussion on access to medicines in the context of the right to health. The letter can be accessed here.

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....

7 Feb 2017


ACTIVISTS AROUND THE WORLD MARCH #ForTobeka – Demonstrations held at Roche & pharma associations in South Africa, Malaysia, UK, France, Zambia, Brazil, US (further campaign activity in India, Russia, Ukraine, Morocco, Zimbabwe) – 108 organisations endorse a letter to Roche (*signed version collec...

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...

30 Nov 2016

World AIDS Day 2016: Provincial public healthcare system still in crisis

TAC to host night vigil and World AIDS Day march HIV and TB remain crises in South Africa. Every year there are approximately 280 000 new HIV infections and 140 000 HIV-related deaths in the country. To turn the tide on HIV and TB we need all government departments and all provinces to take this ...

25 Nov 2016

Civil society appeal to medicines regulators and government on the occasion of the 17th International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities.

We are a coalition of five patient groups and non-government organisations. We are concerned with the regulation of medicines in the public interest, both in our various countries and globally. As delegates gather this month in Cape Town, South Africa for the 17th International Conference of Drug...