South African government embraces study very critical of its health policy

by Celia W. Dugger

Patients waited at a clinic in Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town. South Africa has one of the world’s worst H.I.V. and tuberculosis epidemics. Photo: Joao Silva/New York Times

JOHANNESBURG — Leading South African scientists challenged the governing party on Monday to break with its deeply flawed record on AIDS and public health, spurring the country’s new health minister to say that he and his party shared their diagnosis of systemic problems and were determined to repair them.