[Ip-health] Zackie on Madiba!

George Carter gmcfiar at gmail.com
Fri Dec 6 05:50:00 PST 2013


This is the single best memorial to Nelson Mandela I've heard. Zackie Achmat is a hero of South Africa who started the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) there. Were it not for Mandela, millions more would have died of AIDS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXz9CKHp9j8#t=105 

Zackie brought in generic fluconazole when Pfizer was trying to block them--insisting people pay the $12/day for the drug to treat the horror of cryptococcal meningitis and other diseases when it could be had as a generic for $0.70/day. Pay or die--the policy that persists today (tho at least not with fluconazole!) But the legacy of economic genocide lives on in the TPP--and Obama shamefully promotes it. Obama is more like Mbeki, sadly and his flowery words of mourning ring hollow.

Take a moment and watch this in Mandela's honor and memory. It's a few valuable minutes of your time. Here is the speech Zackie references:
http://www.anc.org.za/show.php?id=3430 
George M. Carter




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