We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

South Africa's approach to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been criticised at home and abroad. In 2000 for instance, South Africa's president and health minister sparked outrage by openly questioning the link between HIV and AIDS.

So many scientists and activists have welcomed the country's long-overdue initiative to revamp its HIV/AIDS programmes, a draft of which is released today (1 December) by the South African government to coincide with World AIDS Day.

But the five-year plan has seen its fair share of controversy, reports Robert Koenig in Science.

A major area of criticism has been targets for antiretroviral treatment. Earlier drafts contained goals that lobby groups claimed represented only 20 per cent of those needing treatment.

They persuaded the government to delay announcing specific targets until a compromise is reached, probably early next year.

And many see current health minister, Tshabalala-Msimang — famous for promoting nutrition and traditional medicine in HIV/AIDS treatment — as an obstacle to progress.

Link to full article/paper in Science

Reference: Science 314, 5804 (2006)

Related topics