n South African Medical Journal - How times have changed - HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2011 : editorial




At the International AIDS Conference in 2006, the UN envoy on AIDS, Stephen Lewis, described the South African government as 'Obtuse, dilatory and negligent about rolling out treatment', and its AIDS policy as 'more worthy of a lunatic fringe than of a concerned and compassionate state ... [and] wrong, immoral [and] indefensible ... The government has a lot to atone for. I'm of the opinion that they can never achieve redemption.' During this period, the media accused the government, under former President Mbeki, of being denialist and nicknamed the late Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, 'Dr No' and 'Dr Beetroot' because of her antipathy towards antiretroviral therapy and for advocating the virtues of nutrition.


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