Swaziland cancels all World AIDS Day events by royal decree

I find it truly shameful that rulers of nations are still hampering the treatment, and thereby helping the spread, of HIV among the planets poorest and most destitute while the means exist to deter the spread and treat those already suffering.

In a royal decree, Swaziland's King Mswati cancelled the AIDS Day events, saying they would interfere with a month-long traditional ceremony.

Mantombazana Tshabalala-Msimang told an audience in Durban that they should eat lots of vegetables and garlic, for its anti-fungal properties.

She's been called "Dr. No" for her reluctance to support the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which have been shown to prolong the lives of HIV/AIDS patients.

1 comment:

Jeff Msangi said...

I completely agree with you.It is indeed shameful that the world still harbors selfish and unthoughtful leaders like the King.By the way Swaziland has emerged number one in rates of HIV/AIDS infection therefore putting Botswana behind it.Does King Mswati understand what that means?I am not sure.