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Mbeki plays down AIDS and orders a rethink on spending

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7314.650/b (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:650
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South African president Thabo Mbeki has once again alarmed doctors and health professionals with a letter he wrote to his health minister last month ordering a re-examination of health and social policy, spending, and research in the light of figures on deaths from AIDS.

    In citing the number of deaths he chose figures from 1995, when deaths from AIDS were considerably fewer than they are today, and when the figures did not include the many deaths from …

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