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South African foundation is accused of “compromising” care of people with HIV and AIDS

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7520.800-a (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:800
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    Hundreds of healthcare professionals involved in the care of HIV and AIDS patients in the Western Cape province of South Africa have written to the provincial administration, voicing their concern about the activities of a foundation that promotes “micronutrients”—combinations of vitamins, minerals, and other trace elements—as a treatment for AIDS and that discourages the use of antiretroviral drugs.

    They may soon be joined by doctors belonging to the South African Medical Association, who are considering joining the AIDS activist group, the Treatment Action Campaign, in legal action against the South African government for not controlling the Dr Rath Health Foundation's activities. The activists and the doctors are critical of the health minister, not only for failing to put a stop to the foundation's activities …

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