DNF Forms and International Media Reaction
#134913 - 02/24/05 10:59 PM
It isn't hard not to notice that the same story (same wording)
is being printed all over the place. I can't be sure, but it looks like
the international press is just taking dictation from TAC.
Or maybe they just work for the same employer - the farmaceutical
Anyway, this report put HIV deaths in 2002 at 10,425, much lower
than the hundreds of thousands projected by UNAIDS (370,000
- Instead, they all focus on the increase in deaths, without also
focusing on the much greater increase in population growth
that happened during the same period.
- Also, they assert, without evidence from the report, that the
increase in deaths is due to AIDS.
Statistics South Africa mortality report confirms massive increase in
deaths due to AIDS
TAC Says: Treat 200,000 People by 2006
The TAC notes the publication of Statistics South Africa's report
Mortality and Causes of Death in
South Africa, 1997 - 2003. This report, once more, confirms beyond
reasonable doubt that South
Africa is in the midst of an HIV epidemic that is maturing into an AIDS
epidemic. It also provides
useful information on the nature of the epidemic.
By Alexandra Zavis
Published February 19, 2005
PRETORIA, South Africa -- The number of deaths in South Africa increased
57 percent in the five
years ended in 2003, with AIDS and related illnesses among the leading
causes in adults, the state
statistical service reported Friday.
AIDS was the fifth most common natural cause of death reported in South
Africans age 15-49 in 2001,
the last year for which detailed figures were included in the report. The
AIDS virus accounted for
more than 7,500 -- or 3.8 percent -- of deaths recorded in that age group.
Deaths soar as Aids drug rollout falters
February 20, 2005
By Caroline Hooper-Box
South Africa's adult death rate, fuelled by Aids, has soared by 62 percent
in the five years between
1997 and 2002 - yet the government is woefully short of its own goal of
treating 53 000 people with
anti-retroviral therapy by next month.
The statistics were provided in a report, "Mortality and Causes of Death
in South Africa", based on
Stats SA's recently completed study of about 3 million death-notification
forms received by the
department of home affairs for deaths during the five-year period.
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