Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Will the S. African government make addressing the AIDS epidemic a more critical focus of its administration? With leading scientists urging the government to take action, the answer may be yes.
Leading South African scientists challenged the governing party on Monday to break with its deeply flawed record on AIDS
and public health, spurring the country’s new health minister to say
that he and his party shared their diagnosis of systemic problems and
were determined to repair them.
The decision by the health minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, to embrace the often withering assessment of his party’s failings, laid out in six papers published online Monday by The Lancet
a medical journal based in London, provided a strong signal that the
governing party’s new leadership intended to shake up a badly managed