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.

Site Guide

Using TAC materials

All materials on the website that have been written and produced by TAC may be reproduced and distributed under the terms of the TAC Public License, which is similar to most open source documentation licenses except that it contains restrictions to prevent misuse by pseudo-scientists.

Please note, however, that some documents have not been produced by TAC and this notice does not apply to them.

Finding what you're looking for

There are over 1,000 documents on the TAC website and new ones are added frequently. No categorisation will suit everyone, but if you have a suggestion for how we should categorise a particular document or set of documents, please email us at .

Unfortunately, not all documents on the site can be accessed from this page. Doing so would require an enormous amount of work. TAC's statements and newsletters are under the Newsletters option on the side menu. Researchers should definitely consult the newsletters to find all relevant documentation. The newsletters are chronologically arranged.

The TAC website is searchable using google (click Search on the side menu). Results returned by google are generally good. 

Documents by category


Annual reports




History of TAC  (1998-2001)

Joint Civil Society Monitoring Forum

Staff composition information

TAC Staff and Volunteers Policy 2006

Education and Research

Debunking AIDS denialism

Equal Treatment: The TAC magazine

Health systems

Medical schemes

Research papers

Treatment literacy

Treatment plan


Getting Bristol-Myers Squibb to reduce the price of amphotericin B

Getting Pfizer to make fluconazole accessible

Selection of pamphlets and posters (not updated anymore - new ones will be archived under newsletters)

Selection of speeches (not updated anymore - new ones will be archived under newsletters)

Court cases

Access to information: Where is the treatment plan timetable?

Access to ARVs in Prisons: Westville Prisoners' Case

Competition Commission complaint against GlaxoSmithKlein and Boehringer Ingelheim

Dismissed Khayelisha Health Workers

Matthias Rath and TAC's efforts to stop his harmful activities

Medicine Act

Medicine pricing regulations

Mother-to-child transmission prevention (includes useful treatment literacy materials)


We intend to categorise these documents appropriately in the future.



Civil Society Analysis of SA Government Millenium Development Goals Country Report, 21 September 2005
(Word Document)

TAC Third National Congress, Cape Town, 23-25 September 2005 - Congress Documentation (Word Document)

Q&A on the Competition Commission case

Letter to NEDLAC 24 October 2002 (Word Document)

Transcript (Word Document) of Zackie Achmat's Barcelona speech(which was delivered via video)

Article: A Paper Dog with Real Teeth, Geoff Budlender, Mail & Guardian 12 July 2002. The TAC case proves that the Constitution is a powerful people's tool. (Text Document)

Memorandum to Deputy President Zuma and others handed over in Johannesburg at Mother-to-Child Transmission Constitutional Court Case. (Word Document) (Text Document)

TAC Constitution (RTF format)

Overview of TAC (A History of TAC) (PDF format)
Issued by TAC, March 2001

Drug Company Profits in 2000
Report Issued by Families USA

Some events that took place around the world on the International Day of Action against Pharmaceutical Company Profiteering

Advert Placed in Business Day Demanding Drug Company Withdrawal From Court Case (JPEG -- 738Kb)
Issued by TAC, March 2001 

Report on the Global March for Treatment Access
Written by Richard Pithouse , July , 2000 

Harvey Bale's letter refusing to accept the memorandum at the Global March for Treatment Access
Issued by TAC and Health-GAP,6 July 2000 

TAC Fundraising Document (MS Word Format)
Issued by TAC, 9 June 2000 

Letter sent to Pfizer by TAC
Issued by TAC, 20 June 2000 

Invitation to MSF/TAC Conference, 9 July 2000 in Durban (RTF format)
Issued by the Treatment Action Campaign and Doctors Without Borders, 24 May 2000 

Pfizer's response to TAC's call for the price of Fluconazole to be reduced
March 31, 2000 

What's behind Mbeki's crusade?
Mail &Guardian editorial, 31 March 2000 

TAC campaign for a price reduction on Fluconazole/Diflucan successfully launched!

Update on the TAC's work in 1999.

Minister of Health calls for public mobilization to make HIV/AIDS treatments affordable for all

Issued by the Treatment Action Campaign and Health Minister, 30 April 1999