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.

About TAC

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was launched on 10 December 1998, International Human Rights Day. Its main objective is to campaign for greater access to HIV treatment for all South Africans, by raising public awareness and understanding about issues surrounding the availability, affordability and use of HIV treatments.


The TAC's objectives are described in the organisation's Constitution and are as follows:

1. Campaign for equitable access to affordable treatment for all people with HIV/AIDS;

2. Campaign for and support the prevention and elimination of all new HIV infections;

3. Promote and sponsor legislation to ensure equal access to social services for and equal treatment of all people with HIV/AIDS;

4. Challenge by means of litigation, lobbying, advocacy and all forms of legitimate social mobilisation, any barrier or obstacle, including [type of] unfair discrimination, that limits access [relating] to treatment [of] for HIV/AIDS in the private and public sector;

5. Educate, promote and develop an understanding and commitment within all communities of developments in HIV/AIDS treatment [and care];

6. Campaign for access to affordable and quality [access to] health care for all people in South Africa;

7. Train and develop a representative and effective leadership of people living with HIV/AIDS on the basis of equality and non-discrimination irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, sex, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status or any other ground.

8. Campaign for an effective regional and global network comprising of organisations with similar aims and objectives.