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.

Dr. Ivan Toms (1953-2008)

People's Doctor, Apartheid War Resistor, Gay Activist, Public Health Official and Friend of People with AIDS

25 March 2008

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) mourns the premature and sudden death of Dr. Ivan Toms, the head of City Health in the Cape Town Metro. Ivan was known to many TAC leaders since the early 1980s. We remember Ivan as a friend, comrade, gay activist and public health official. 

Ivan Toms was a courageous doctor at the SACLA Clinic in Crossroads who resisted forced removals, military incursions and pass law enforcement in townships.  He became a conscientious objector in the Conscientious Objector Support Group and the End Conscription Campaign (ECC) who served time in prison for refusing to serve in the apartheid army. He was also a doctor who volunteered his time for the free clinic run by the Bellville Community Health Projects in the 1980s.

Ivan was as a leader in OLGA, the Organisation of Lesbian and Gay Activists - an affiliate of the United Democratic Front (UDF).  He was a founder of the Progressive Primary Healthcare Network.  Ivan was also a pioneer of HIV prevention work.

Recently, as head of City Health in the Cape Town Metro, Ivan regularly attended TAC Western Cape planning meetings and through Dr. Virginia Azevedo developed a partnership with TAC's model district in Khayelitsha.  Key to joint work between City Health and TAC Khayelitsha is HIV prevention work with the distribution of more than 9 million condoms in the community in 2007.  Joint work by TAC, City Health, the Provincial Health Department, MSF and others as partners on TB increased the cure rate from 53% to 68%. City Health also increased the number of antiretroviral roll-out sites. 

Fredalene Booysen (TAC Western Cape Co-ordinator) said: “The death of Dr. Toms has saddened all of us. TAC will ensure that he is remembered through the prevention of HIV and TB infections, treating both illnesses, improving maternal and child health, and building a quality public health system.”

Mandla Majola (TAC Khayelitsha)  said: “Ivan Toms will be remembered as a peoples’ doctor who cared deeply about working class and poor communities, as well as, marginalized groups.  People living with HIV/AIDS have lost a friend and our communities a doctor who cared. He still had much work to do in our country.”

Zackie Achmat (TAC Deputy General-Secretary) said: “I met Ivan Toms in 1982, he was always committed to public health. He was an energetic, humorous and dedicated activist. Anti-apartheid activists will mourn his premature death.”

The Treatment Action Campaign extends condolences to his family, friends, comrades and colleagues.

Issued by: Vuyiseka Dubula (TAC General-Secretary) Phone:  0827633005.



Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service at St Georges Cathedral, Cape Town, 16h00, Wednesday, 2 April 2008.