Friday, 20 November 2009 - 09:23

Today a submission was delivered to President Barrack Obama from the Deans of leading Public Health and Medical Schools and other global health experts. The submission calls on the administration not to backtrack on AIDS in its new global health initiative.

‘We urge you to be bold and compassionate as we continue to accelerate the U.S. response to the global AIDS pandemic. Please use your leadership to encourage our allies from other wealthy nations to follow suit and to challenge the leaders of developing nations to increase their own spending on health programs to improve the...

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Thursday, 19 November 2009 - 15:27

 Activists call on African and global leaders to sustain HIV funding,

 increase investments in health across the board and improve  

 transparency and accountability. See their statement here.


African activists have called on national and donor governments to
sustain their funding commitments to HIV, increase their investment in
the entire health system, and to improve transparency and accountability
in the way that...

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Thursday, 19 November 2009 - 11:07

In 2001, Rian Malan wrote an article in Rolling Stone questioning the accuracy of HIV tests in order to disparage the evidence of a growing HIV epidemic in South Africa. In 2003 he published similar articles in the Spectator and Noseweek. All these articles were replete with errors. Nathan Geffen subsequently debunked the latter two in a January 2004 article.

One of Malan's errors was particularly serious. He presented miscalculated, massively understated estimates of AIDS deaths which he falsely attributed to Stats South Africa. As I wrote then, the mistake was so serious and...

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Tuesday, 17 November 2009 - 09:54

On 2 November 2009, Statistics South Africa released the latest mortality data, which goes up to 2007 (Stats SA, 2009). You do not need to be a statistician to be astounded by this. Recorded deaths have increased over 90% in a decade. Improved death registration and population growth can account for only a small portion of this increase. The vast majority of additional deaths are due to the HIV epidemic. A huge body of evidence shows this. For example, there has been a three-fold increase in TB deaths over the same period and TB is the leading cause of death in people with HIV. Also the...

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Friday, 6 November 2009 - 16:18

The AIDS Law Project (ALP) welcomes the long awaited approval of the revised health classification policy of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) which was announced by Cabinet on Wednesday 4th November

The new policy is a culmination of a legal challenge, in which the ALP acted for various people with HIV as well as for the South African Security Forces Union (SASFU), that was drawn out over 15 years. From 1994, we have challenged the constitutionality of HIV testing policies that were being unfairly used to exclude people with HIV from recruitment to, promotion or...

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