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Commentary & Opinion

Editorials Respond to South African Government's Announcement Calling for National Antiretroviral Plan

August 15, 2003

Last week, the South African Cabinet announced it was calling for the Health Ministry to develop a national antiretroviral treatment plan by Oct. 1, after reviewing a Joint Health and Treasury Task Team cost report on providing HIV/AIDS drugs to the public (Kaiser Daily HIV/AID Report, 8/11). Two publications this week published editorials responding to the announcement. Summaries of these editorials follow:

  • Lancet: The recent move by South Africa to develop a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan offers a "real chance to leave the past behind and move swiftly forward to a better future for the people of South Africa," according to an editorial published in the Aug. 16 issue of the Lancet. The editorial says that "[m]any South Africans with HIV/AIDS have waited a long time while being repeatedly disappointed by their government leaders" and "many have died." HIV/AIDS patients in the country are "understandably impatient and skeptical," the Lancet says, concluding, "We urge the government to put the recommendations [found in the Health and Treasury Task Team's report] into practice" (Lancet, 8/16).

  • Long Island Newsday: The recent developments in South Africa's movement toward a national antiretroviral drug plan mark a "triumph of rationality at long last," a Newsday editorial says. Although the changes may have been prompted by an upcoming election or the loss of productivity stemming from the high rate of AIDS-related deaths, it is a "welcome about-face, whatever the cause," Newsday says, adding that the government now needs to offer a "workable" plan within the next few months. Officials must determine how much money the country is "willing to commit to the program" and hope that "traces of [South African President Thabo] Mbeki's old recalcitrance" do not affect the new effort, Newsday says. The editorial concludes, "The turnabout is a great, but incomplete, piece of progress" (Long Island Newsday, 8/14).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2003 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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