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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.
A health system in crisis and without leadership: A TAC briefing sheet
23 August 2006
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) National Executive Committee has resolved to mobilise to improve the public health system's mother-to-child transmission prevention programme. Tens of thousands of infants contract HIV every year in South Africa. A government inquiry released in 2006 showed unacceptably high maternal mortality.
Tomorrow, TAC's Gauteng branches will march in Germiston to demand better maternal health and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services in the Ekurhuleni district. We want the health facilities in this district to become a model of excellent PMTCT delivery that other hospitals and clinics across the country can emulate.
We must improve the maternal health and prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme
Happy new year!
We hope that in 2008 the implementation of the National Strategic Plan will gain momentum and many lives will be saved. Your support will help us achieve this. Support TAC by making a donation to fund our efforts. For details, go to http://tac.org.za/donate.html. Many thanks.
The Minister of Health has made statements to the media that the Department of Health has long been prepared to implement dual therapy regimens in all the provinces in South Africa, but has been prohibited by the 2001 Constitutional Court judgment in Minister of Health and Others v TAC and Others. She states that the judgment limited the Department of Health to implementing only 'monotherapy' nevirapine (NVP) to mothers with HIV to reduce mother-to-child transmission.
Gavin will fill all this in.
The Department of Health has finally released the new prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) protocol. It can be downloaded here.
TAC welcomes the improvements over the old protocol. We urge health facilities with capacity to begin implementing it.
Read our statement of 30 January which explains what we are pleased about and what our concerns are with the new protocol.