Tuesday, 24 November 2009 - 11:59

A goal of the HIV & AIDS and STI Strategic Plan for South Africa 2007-2011 (NSP) is to reduce new infections by half over the five-year period of the plan. Is it difficult to measure progress towards this goal because of a lack of reliable data on HIV incidence. Nevertheless, policy improvements around voluntary male medical circumcision and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) will significantly reduce new infections.

This is the first part of a two-part TAC policy brief. This part deals with voluntary male medical circumcision and the next one, which will be...

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Friday, 20 November 2009 - 09:44

Bishop Rubin Phillip’s statement on the detention of the Kennedy 13.

‘After their 6th inconclusive bail hearing today, it is now abundantly clear that the legal process for the Kennedy 13 is a complete travesty of justice… I am, tonight, issuing a call for the immediate release of the Kennedy Thirteen from prison on the grounds that justice has been delayed far beyond the point at which it was clear that it had been denied.’

Grave Concerns about the Detention without Trial
of the Kennedy Thirteen:

This Travesty Must End

18 November 2009


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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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