Harvard Study: 365,000 Died Due To South Africa's Misguided AIDS Policies

12/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

JOHANNESBURG -- A new study by Harvard researchers estimates that the South African government would have prevented the premature deaths of 365,000 people earlier this decade if it had provided antiretroviral drugs to AIDS patients and widely administered drugs to help prevent pregnant women from infecting their babies.

The Harvard study concluded that the policies grew out of President Thabo Mbeki's denial of the well-established scientific consensus about the viral cause of AIDS and the essential role of antiretroviral drugs in treating it.

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