Sonke Challenges Manto Tshabala-Msimang’s Comments at CSW

6 March 2009

Sonke and POWA release a joint statement calling on the South African government to clarify its position on treatment roll-out and explain why a senior representative of the government continues to distract from the real issues at hand. The statement also urged government to negotiate for CSW conclusions and recommendations that make clear its commitment to the goals articulated in the NSP.

>> read Dean Peacock’s contribution to the Open Democracy Blog

5 March 2009

Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (the former Minister of Health and now the Minister in the Presidency) used the UN Commission on the Status of Women to reiterate her positions on treatment toxicity, “pharmacovigilance” and “alternative remedies”.

She appealed to “development partners” for more resources for “research on affordable alternatives such as complementary and traditional medicines, as well as nutrition”. And stated that, “We are particularly concerned about inadequate drug surveillance and pharmacovigilance capacity, especially in the African region.”