18
Dec
09

HIV AND AIDS NEWS: SOUTH AFRICA’S “DR BEETROOT” DIES

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, South Africa’s former health minister who gained notoriety for her promotion of lemons, olive oil and garlic to treat HIV and AIDS, has died at the age of 69.

Nicknamed “Dr Beetroot” after another one of her suggested remedies for the conditions, Ms Tshabalala-Msimang served as the country’s health minister for a total of nine years.

The Associated Press notes that while she was one of the most unpopular government ministers in post-Apartheid South Africa, she made some advances, such as forcing down the price of medicines and improving services in rural areas.

In a statement, the ANC said: “We pay homage to this gallant fighter and will forever treasure the contribution she made in the struggle for liberation and the building of our democracy.”

According to UNAIDS, in 2008, there were 22,400,000 people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Written by Clare DevlinADNFCR-1663-ID-19518706-ADNFCR

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