|South Africa||CHURCH CRITICISES GOVERNMENT AIDS POLICY|
The AIDS Office of the South African Bishops Conference has criticised the South African government for its lack of commitment in combatting the epidemic.|
Office Director Sr Allison Munroe told the recent international conference held in Durban that the government's refusal of provide free medicine from a Western multinational corporation is "immoral".
Archbishop Wilfrid Napier, OFM, president of the South African Bishops Conference, was also very critical. "Our government is giving contradictory signals, which is frightening. On one hand, they say they want to fight AIDS, but on the other, they answer that they don't have the funds when specific requests on projects arrive."
According to the statistics of international health organizations, there are 4.2 million people who are HIV positive in South Africa.