This is an archive of the Treatment Action Campaign's public documents from December 1998 until October 2008. I created this website because the TAC's website appears unmaintained and people were concerned that it
was becoming increasingly hard to find important documents.

The menu items have been slightly edited and a new stylesheet applied to the site. But none of the documents have been edited, not even for minor errors. The text appears on this site as obtained from the Internet Archive.

The period covered by the archive encompassed the campaign for HIV medicines, the civil disobedience campaigns, the Competition Commission complaints, the 2008 xenophobic violence and the PMTCT, Khayelitsha health workers and Matthias Rath court cases.

Research Papers

All materials on this page that have been written and produced by TAC may be reproduced and distributed at no charge and without TAC's permission, so long as the original writers are acknowledged. If you choose to modify the original documents, it must be clearly indicated what your additions are and the original authors must still be acknowledged. Please note, however, that some documents have not been produced by TAC and this notice does not apply to them.

TAC/AIDS Law Project (ALP) Joint Papers

  • TAC/ALP submission to the Jali Commission into prisons, 9 March 2004
  • TAC/ALP discussion paper on traditional medicines and traditional healers (PDF Document - 428KB)and appendices (PDF - 774KB). Prepared by Marlise Richter, Researcher: AIDS Law Project
  • Presentation at the ALP Review by Dr Wilbert Banneberg, WHO Technical Adviser Pharmaceuticals (Powerpoint)
  • Tripping Over Patents: AIDS, Access to Treatment and the Manufacturing of Scarcity (MS Word)  (Preface - MS Word)
    Thesis by Jonathan Michael Berger, LL.M 2001, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • ALP/TAC Submission to Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health on National Health Bill (Word)
  • ALP document - a table showing the current status of patents and licenses on relevant antiretrovirals and their generic equivalents

Additional Research

TAC/CARE monograph on HIV/AIDS medical benefits ( Zipped PDF Document )

IDASA/TAC Paper on Global Fund Against HIV, Malaria and TB ( Word Document )

TAC/CARE slideshow explaining key findings of survey of Medical Scheme HIV/AIDS Benefits (Powerpoint)
Issued by Treatment Action Campaign and the UCT Centre for Actuarial Research on 5 June 2002

Presentation to SANAC Technical Task Team: Treatment, Care & Support Health Sector Impacts of HIV/AIDS: Key Issues for Planning
Presented by Martin Hensher (Directorate: Health Financing and Economics) to SANAC in October 2000. TAC obtained this slide show summary of a critical report which the Ministry of Health had not made available to the public as of 6 June 2001.

TAC Discussion Paper on Pharmaceutical Patents
Issued by TAC, May 2001

TAC's Response to the Harvard Consensus Paper
Issued by TAC, May 2001

The Harvard Consensus Paper (PDF format)
Issued by members of Harvard University faculty, April 2001

Excellent NIH Article establishing that HIV causes AIDS (Zipped MS Word format - 77KB)
Issued by the NIH,September, 1995

Response to IIPI Document on HIV/AIDS and Patents
Issued by TAC 6 February 2001 

Antenatal Survey Results
Speech by the Minister of Health, 18 April 2000

Compulsory Licensing and Parallel Imports: A South African Case Study
Issues by the Treatment Action Campaign, February 2000