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.

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Campaign

Documents about the campaign for prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Protocol Released

The Department of Health has finally released the new prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) protocol.

Department of Health Announces New PMTCT Guidelines

Some progress, but serious problems remain

TAC Electronic Newsletter


  • Crisis of maternal health and mother-to-child HIV transmission
    • Statement by TAC 
    • Statement by Southern African HIV Clinicians Society

Crisis of maternal health and mother-to-child HIV transmission:

TAC Electronic Newsletter

Dear Readers

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  Many thanks. 

TAC Electronic Newsletter

 We must improve the maternal health and prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme

TAC Gauteng will march on 5 November for better maternal health and prevention of mother-to-child transmission services in Ekurh

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.

A response to minister of health on mother to child transmission

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.

Mother-to-child transmission prevention: Government must improve the programme

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.

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