Opinion Paper

HIV and infant feeding – one step forward, two steps back

H Saloojee, G Gray, J A McIntyre
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine | Vol 12, No 4 | a164 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhivmed.v12i4.164 | © 2011 H Saloojee, G Gray, J A McIntyre | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 December 2011 | Published: 01 December 2011

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H Saloojee, University of Cape Town
G Gray, Division of Community Paediatrics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
J A McIntyre,


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Abstract

The recent decision by the South African Health Department to withdraw the provision of free replacement (formula) feeds to HIV-exposed infants has hardly evoked any response from clinicians, health professionals or civil society groups. This paper argues that the decision is short-sighted, lacks an adequate evidence base, and is retrogressive and unconstitutional. Nine supporting arguments are presented and an alternative policy proposed.

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