Monday, August 31, 2009

NY Times: Hope in South Africa

A thought provoking editorial, "Hope in South Africa", appears in today's NY Times on the tide change in the South African government's approach to tackling HIV and tuberculosis after years of denial and evidence-proof policy. The piece minces few words about the former Mbeki administration's handling of the crisis: 
"Thousands of Africans were needlessly sickened and died. And the most influential country in sub-Saharan Africa squandered the opportunity to contain the AIDS epidemic. Although it has less than 1 percent of the world’s population, South Africa now accounts for 17 percent of the world’s burden of H.I.V. infection."

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