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 the Treatment Action Campaign

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was founded on 10 December 1998 in Cape Town, South Africa. We campaign for treatment for people with HIV and to reduce new HIV infections. Our efforts have resulted in many life-saving interventions, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programmes.

The TAC also runs a treatment literacy campaign: this is a training programme on the science of HIV treatment and prevention.


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

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

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

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

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

  • Educate, promote and develop an understanding and commitment within all communities of developments in HIV/AIDS treatment.

  • Campaign for access to affordable and quality health care for all people in South Africa.

  • 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.

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


TAC's highest decision making structure is its National Congress. The Congress meets approximately every two years. Between congresses, TAC's National Council (which is also its board) is responsible for the governance of the organisation. The secretariat is a subset of the National Council consisting of the office-bearers (the chairperson, deputy chairperson, general secretary, deputy-general secretary and treasurer) and is responsible for the day-to-day political and strategic direction of TAC. TAC has a national office, six provincial offices, several district offices (planned to grow to 12 by end of 2009) and about 250 volunteer-driven branches across six of South Africa's nine provinces. We intend, if we can raise the funds and capacity, to expand to all nine provinces. As of April 2008, our database lists over 16,000 members.

Membership was free up until TAC's Fourth Congress in March 2008. In that Congress it was decided to charge a nominal R1 fee to renew membership until the next Congress. The membership renewal process will begin in 2008.