Effort to Make the Government Provide Nevirapine to Pregnant HIV+ Women to Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmition of HIV

December 14, 2001: The Treatment Access Campaign (TAC) won a lawsuit against the South African Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, and nine provincial Health Ministers, forcing the government to provide nevirapine through the public health sector for the prevention of Mother To Child Transmition of HIV. Approximately 200 HIV+ babies are born each day in South Africa, and use of nevirapine can reduce Mother To Child Transmitions by half.

December 19, 2001: Manto Tshabalala-Msimang annouces that the government will develop a "a dynamic and well-articulated MTCT prevention programme," but that it will also appeal the Judge's ruling.

January-February, 2002: Doctors, NGOs, trade unions, religious leaders, and members of provincial and local governments strongly oppose the stance of the national Ministry of Health. Some doctors illegally prescribe nevirapine to pregnant women, and two provinical health ministers defy the national government and announce that they will provide nevirapine for the prevention of mother-to-child transmition of HIV within their provinces.

April 17, 2002: The government reverses its position. It annouces that it plans to have a universal MTCT nevirapine program in place by next year and it offered state-funded anti-retroviral treatment to rape victims for the first time.

May 2, 2002: The government appeals the case to the Constitutional Court.

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