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Landmark Speech by President Zuma

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma made one of the most important speeches in the history of AIDS in South Africa. In front of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), he unequivocally acknowledged the devastation of AIDS on our country. With this speech state-supported AIDS denialism has been banished.

Landmark Speech by President Zuma

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma made one of the most important speeches in the history of AIDS in South Africa. In front of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), he unequivocally acknowledged the devastation of AIDS on our country. With this speech state-supported AIDS denialism has been banished.

The end of the Matthias Rath affair?

QuackTAC is pleased to report two positive developments that all but bring the Matthias Rath saga to a conclusion:

  • The state has taken action against Matthias Rath.
  • The Rath appeal against the Cape High Court judgment has lapsed.

 

Wrong-doings of Matthias Rath

Rulings and criticisms against Matthias Rath

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA) has ordered Rath to withdraw his unsubstantiated claims following a complaint by TAC. 
http://www.tac.org.za/newsletter/2005/ns14_03_2005.htm#asasa
There are three ASASA rulings against Rath. They can be found here.

The British Advertising Standards Authority has forced Rath to remove his advertising for treatments as they were unsupported by evidence and misled the public.
http://www.tac.org.za/documents/BritishASARulingAgainstRath.pdf

The Food and Drug Administration in the USA has cautioned Rath for advertising some of his products in contravention of US law. 
http://www.fda.gov/cder/warn/cyber/2002/CFSANvitacor.htm

Crimes of the great denialist

By Zackie Achmat, Mail & Guardian 27 September 2008

On September 20 2008, as South Africa’s newly acquired Gripen fighter jets took off from a local air show to parade across Cape Town skies, residents would awaken to one of the most remarkable days in the political history of the republic. The Mbeki-Pahad monolith had collapsed.

The decision by the ANC to recall President Thabo Mbeki represents the downfall of the most hubristic executive in contemporary South Africa, and one that has been characterised by the unrelenting denialism of the greatest threats facing our country -- the mounting failure of the criminal justice system to prosecute and convict criminals, the increasingly disturbing nature of violent crime, burgeoning inequality and unemployment, the HIV/Aids catastrophe and the culture of impunity for corrupt and incompetent public officials.

Text of letter giving Ubunye Consortium access to medical records

To Mr Vumase

The Department of Health has indicated the need for a detailed forensic investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disposal of donar funding within the department. The KZN Provincial Treasury Department has appointed Ubunye Consortium to conduct the said investigation and submit a report on the findings to Treasury.

Your assistance is required in

Kwazulu-Natal Health MEC continues witch-hunt of doctors and breaks National Health Act

 Unaccoutable Politician

  • Nkonyeni continues witch-hunt against Mark Blaylock and Colin Pfaff
  • National Health Act has been breached because Nkonyeni, her officials and the Kwazulu-Natal Treasury have:
    • Publicised private details of Dr Mark Blaylock's medical history.
    • Handed over original confidential patient records to a private company.
  • Nkonyeni fails to honour agreement with civil society to resolve conflict.

Kwazulu-Natal Province (KZN) is the epicentre of the South African HIV epidemic. Nearly 40% of pregnant women attending public health facilities in the province are HIV-positive. 16.5% of people over the age of two are infected (South African National HIV Survey, 2005). More than any other province it needs good political leadership on AIDS. But instead the province's MEC for Health, Peggy Nkonyeni, entertains AIDS denialism and is destroying health-care in the province.

New Medicines Bill will Undermine the Scientific Governance of Medicine

Restore the Health Care SystemThe Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill, 2008 was formally introduced to Parliament on 17 June 2008. Parliament has called for submissions by 18 July. It will hold public hearings on 5 to 6 August. The Bill is disastrous. It will undermine the scientific governance of medicine and potentially reverse the gains of the recent court victory by TAC and the South African Medical Association in their case against Matthias Rath, the Minister of Health and others.

Here is a letter written to the Head of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health by TAC and the AIDS Law Project (ALP) indicating our intention to make an oral submission to Parliament on the bill and raising our broad concerns with the bill.

Cape High Court interdicts Matthias Rath and orders Government to investigate him and stop breaches of the Medicines Act

Today the Cape High Court handed down a landmark judgment in a court action initiated by TAC and the South African Medical Association (SAMA) against Matthias Rath and the Government of South Africa. The case was originally heard before the Court on 12-14 March 2008.

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