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August 25, 2009

S. Africa Embraces Study Critical of Health Policy

" Leading South African scientists challenged the governing party on Monday to break with its deeply flawed record on AIDS and public health, spurring the country’s new health minister to say that he and his party shared their diagnosis of systemic problems and were determined to repair them.

"The decision by the health minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, to embrace the often withering assessment of his party’s failings, laid out in six papers published online Monday by The Lancet, a medical journal based in London, provided a strong signal that the governing party’s new leadership intended to shake up a badly managed health system."

Read more in New York Times, August 24, 2009.

Note: These articles are available to anyone, but free Lancet registration is required. Or you can read an executive summary (PDF download) without registering.