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Malawi: Legislation to Ban Traditional AIDS “Healers”

(May 2, 2008) Malawi's lawmakers are examining draft legislation designed to put an end to practices of traditional healers who “prescribe sex with albinos, the disabled or virgins as a cure for HIV and AIDS” and religious leaders who advise their flocks to “give up antiretroviral treatment for prayers.” Malawi, home to 12 million people, 14 % of whom are HIV-infected, has 30,000 traditional healers and loses 78,000 people annually to AIDS-related diseases. (Draft Legislation Seeks to Protect People in Malawi from Healers Claiming to Cure HIV/AIDS, MEDICAL NEWS TODAY, Mar. 6, 2008, available at