Friday, 3 October 2008

South African government finally sees sense

...and appoints a health minister who understands the importance of anti-retroviral drugs. From the FT:

PRETORIA, Oct 2 - South Africa’s new health minister Barbara Hogan vowed on Thursday to make Aids a top priority, after years of controversy over her predecessor’s unconventional support for treatments like beetroot and garlic.

Hogan, whose appointment was welcomed by Aids activists, said she would press for more funds to roll out life-prolonging anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to as many people as possible.

Wonder if she'd consider appointing Ben Goldacre as special advisor with responsibility for kicking Matthias Rath's arse.

[Via The Daily (Maybe)]

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