Dissident AIDS Database

Co-factorsMalnutritionAIDS symptomsTuberculosis
Industrialization, Rural Poverty, and Tuberculosis in South Africa, 1850-1950
 Randall M. Packard,
  Historian Randall Packard documented the attempts by the South African government to control the spread of tuberculosis and to lower tuberculosis morbidity and mortality rates. Even though tuberculosis is curable and the available control measures are sufficient to combat it effectively with antitubercular drugs, the apartheid government made little impact on the overall prevalence of the disease. Packard showed that the South African government was unwilling "to address the foundations of black poverty, malnutrition, and disease upon which the current [1980s] epidemic of tuberculosis is based...[and] placed their faith in the ability of medical science to solve health problems in the face of adverse social and economic conditions."
  Steven Feierman and John M. Janzen (eds.), The Social Basis of Health and Healing in Africa (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), p. 129.1992
Doctors Powerless as AIDS Rakes Africa
 Specter Michael
  This article acknowledged that the presumed increase in HIV incidence in Zimbabwe had occurred when food shortages had "begun to overcome the country. Tuberculosis, hepatitis, malaria, measles and cholera...have surged mercilessly". Tuberculosis cases jumped from 5,000 in 1986 to 35,000 in 1997. The reporter admitted these diseases were all indicative of deepening poverty, calling TB "the sentinel illness of poverty and social decline." It omitted any reference to the combined effects on Zimbabwe of the World Bank's structural adjustment programs in the 1990s coupled with poor harvests, drought and long-term food deficiencies.
  The New York Times (August 6, 1998)1998