Friday, September 26, 2008

Hope for South Africa

An AIDS action committee has said: "2 million South Africans died of AIDS during the presidecy of Thabo Mbeki. At leasy 300,000 deaths could have been avoided. Mbeki and his health minister pursued a policiy of politically supported AIDS denialism ad undermined the scientific governance of medicine"
Read some encouraging news that I hope I can say without come off as too political...
I was happy to see that the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, had resigned and then very happy when I saw that the new president, Kgalema Motlanthe, within hours of taking office had fired Manto Tshabalala-Msimang who was the health minister. What a name by the way. Ms. Msimang has been known as a complete disaster in respect to the treatment of AIDS in the country. South Africa is the most infected nation in the world, with about 5.4 million people.
Msimang is thought to have caused thousands of deaths with her stance on antiretroviral drugs. She is on record as saying that she preferred natural remedies such as garlic, beetroot, lemon, olive oil, and the African potato. How tragic. The good news is that there is now hope for change regarding awareness and treatment from high places. I can't believe that Msimang was allowed in her position for so long.

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