Former South African minister of health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has passed away due to liver complications. She was 69 years old.
She will be fondly remembered by everyone here as the lady who decided it was a great idea to embarrass the crap out the entire country by promoting beetroot, garlic, lemons and olive oil as treatments for AIDS.
“Tshabalala-Msimang’s disastrous HIV policies during her nine years in office made her the most unpopular government minister in post-apartheid South Africa. She was ridiculed locally and internationally and nicknamed “Dr. Beetroot” — another one of her suggested AIDS remedies — and “Dr. Garlic.”
However, she was responsible for some advances. She improved basic services in rural areas, forced down the price of medicine, tried to stem the exodus of doctors and nurses to rich countries, and was one of the driving forces behind a global anti-tobacco treaty.” [AP]