In Gambia, AIDS cure or false hope? –

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By Jeff Koinange

BANJUL, Gambia (CNN) — At the only hospital in the capital of this tiny West African nation, a 3-year-old AIDS patient named Suleiman receives his daily dose of medication — a murky brown concoction of seven herbs and spices served out of a bottle that once contained pancake syrup.

The boy is told a spoonful a day will make him better. His mother, Fatuma, takes the same concoction, as do several dozen other AIDS and HIV patients here. Adults take two spoonfuls.

"It’s amazing," Fatuma says. "Two weeks ago, I was very ill, weak and couldn’t eat without vomiting."

This has become the treatment for HIV/AIDS patients here since early January, when Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced he had discovered a cure for the disease that has wreaked havoc across Africa. He made that announcement in front of a group of foreign diplomats, telling them the treatment was revealed to him by his ancestors in a dream.

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One Response to “In Gambia, AIDS cure or false hope? –”

  1. MoAl says:

    I for one don’t believe it to be false hope … I have read of herbal remedies radically improving HIV/AIDS patients back to fantastic health

    The anti-HIV drug industry is quite lucrative, thus in addition to not wanting to give false hope to patients, some in the medical community might be against making an effective, yet very inexpensive treatment readily available to many — it might hurt to drug companies’ bottom line.

    Hopefully, if an "international team of experts" is allowed to evaluate the treatment, they don’t discredit it for the wrong reasons

    Kudos to all pioneers in the battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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