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(May 02, 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

Author: Hanibal Goitom More by this author
Topic: Workers safety and health More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Malawi More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 05/02/2008