+ Access to medicines

Report on access to treatment and corruption in Zimbabwe

People living with HIV in Zimbabwe continue to be confronted with corruption and impediments in accessing treatment (which is seldom talked about in our setting). Funders and donors are often not aware that a large proportion of their investment is lost to corruption which is rampant in the health system. The majority of the victims are poor people who live on less that 100USD per day and are expected to pay a significant proportion of their salary on this monthly “corruption tax”.

Health Department allows patients to get three months of antiretroviral treatment

The Department of Health has given the go-ahead for patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART) to be given three months supply of medicines instead of one month. The TAC and SECTION27 welcome this decision. It will be more convenient for patients because they will have to make fewer trips to their health facility. It will also reduce patient-load on the health system, particularly on health facility pharmacies given the shortage of pharmacists in the public health system. In a memorandum dated 2 July 2010, the Department of Health states, “There is no indication of any legislation prohibiting the supply of medicines for three months to any one patient. This practice should only be implemented once the patient has proved stable on the regimen.”

Concerns regarding Indian trade negotiations with EU

Letter to the High Commissioner for India to South Africa: Our concerns regarding Indian trade negotiations with EU.
This letter explains that the prospect of making new ARVs available in South Africa at affordable prices is under threat because of events unfolding in India. In particular, pressure is being applied by the European Union on the Indian government to sign a bilateral trade agreement that will stifle competition on essential medicines still under patent.

Job Advert: Assistant and Researcher to the Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign

Organisation: SECTION27, incorporating the AIDS Law Project

Job title: Assistant and Researcher to the Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign

Location: Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dynamic young person passionate about social justice needed to assist in the office of the Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign as assistant and researcher.