n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - HIV and infant feeding - one step forwards, two steps back : opinion
|Article Title||HIV and infant feeding - one step forwards, two steps back : opinion|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand, 2 University of the Witwatersrand, 3 Anova Health Institute and 4 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Dec 2011|
|Pages||6 - 10|
The recent decision by the South African Department of Health to withdraw the provision of free replacement (formula) feeds to HIV-exposed infants has hardly evoked any response from clinicians, health professionals or civil society groups. This paper argues that the decision is short-sighted, lacks an adequate evidence base, and is retrogressive and unconstitutional. Nine supporting arguments are presented and an alternative policy proposed.
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