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.

Popular Pages

Here are links to TAC's website's most popular and/or important web pages.

Preventing, Diagnosing and Treating TB: A human rights approach

TAC has released two key position papers on TB.

"How does a preventable, curable disease become the leading cause of all natural deaths in SA, and the leading cause of all AIDS-related mortalities on our continent? Well, first we take drug-sensitive TB, a perfectly curable form of tuberculosis, and mismanage it for decades in health structures with poor infection control, weak diagnostic capacity, insufficient education on TB, inadequate resources and minimal political commitment. We observe substandard cure rates and increasing mortality figures. Over time, our poorly functioning TB programmes are manufacturing drug-resistant TB strains — the result of inadequate or incomplete TB treatment — but we don't worry about this too much until multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB explodes in our faces." -- Paula Akugizibwe, AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa

Heywood on Politics and Health

A series of draft articles by Mark Heywood on politics and health.

HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan (NSP)

South Africa's acclaimed HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan (NSP) was endorsed by Cabinet on 3 May 2007. It was a fine example of how civil society and government can work together to alleviate the HIV epidemic. Here you can find the NSP itself and its costing annexure.

Women in Multimedia


Prisons court case

Durban High Court orders access to ARV treatment for prisoners at Westville Prison

AIDS Law Project Analysis on HIV and Prisoners

SANDF HIV Discrimination Case

In May 2008, the High Court ruled against the South African National Defence Force's discriminatory policy of excluding HIV-positive persons from recruitment, external deployment and promotion in the military. The AIDS Law Project, representing the South African Security Forces Union and HIV-positive soldiers, had taken the SANDF to court because the matter is of national and international significance. The Court's order means that:

  1. The SANDF can no longer automatically exclude HIV positive people from recruitment, external deployment and promotion;
  2. That the individual applicants are entitled to immediate relief. In particular T.C.M. is to be employed as a trumpeter and Sipho Mthethwa is to be immediately reconsidered for external deployment; and
  3. The SANDF must amend its health classification policy within six months to allow for individualised health assessments of recruits and current members of the armed forces.

Further resources:

Debunking AIDS Denialism

What is AIDS denialism?

It is the promotion of one or more of the following pseudo-scientific views: (1) HIV does not cause AIDS, (2) the risks of antiretovirals outweigh their benefits and (3) there is not a large AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

Here we present links to documents debunking these myths. We also present links to documents showing the dire consequences of AIDS denialism.

Key documents explaining the science of HIV/AIDS

The Evidence that HIV Causes AIDS

The Wrongs of Matthias Rath

Matthias Rath is the definitive charlatan. Armed with huge amounts of money, megalomania, a lack of conscience and most importantly, the support of South Africa's incompetent Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, Rath has sown confusion in South Africa about the treatment and prevention of HIV. The Rath saga demonstrates how damaging politically-supported AIDS denialism is.

What do South Africa's AIDS statistics mean? A TAC briefing paper

An article explaining what statistics we know about South Africa's AIDS epidemic and how we know them.