South Africa: Survey finds massive medicine shortages in clinics

The public health system continues to have shortages of HIV and TB medicines, with nearly a quarter of clinics surveyed reporting stockouts in the past three months.

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Silicosis: miners win case for class certification

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has certified the first class action in South African history for sick workers, allowing gold miners suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis to proceed with their claims against 30 gold producers. Obstacles remain before sick miners receive compensation but this is an important victory for them.

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Life-saving drug stopped by sole supplier

South Africa is running out of an essential medicine for treating very sick patients with tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant bacterial infections. Many hospitals are already out of stock.

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In the footsteps of Dudley Lee: prisoners to sue government

Several prisoners intend suing the Department of Justice and Correctional Services because they contracted tuberculosis (TB) in prison.

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Dudley Lee, who successfully sued government, has died

OBITUARY Dudley Lee died at the age of 68 on 21 May in Victoria Hospital. He successfully sued the Minister of Correctional Services because he became ill with tuberculosis (TB) while awaiting trial in Pollsmoor prison.

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Fighting the white plague

Today is World TB Day. More people die of tuberculosis in South Africa than from any other disease.

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South Africa: Province tries to run illegal trial with quack medicine

The project has been scrapped after the Treatment Action Campaign asked the national government to intervene.

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Leaked email: companies intended to campaign against government policy

A leaked email shows that a plan for a campaign to scuttle the South African government's draft intellectual property policy was about to proceed, despite a denial by the pharmaceutical industry that it had approved the campaign.

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