Question: Why is the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) making statistical HIV reports to South African media so baseless even the TAC choked on it?
A cable published by WikiLeaks with the origin of Embassy Pretoria offers a glimpse into the economic forces enmeshed with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Though this cable appears to be concerning itself with corrections to “red herring” statistics, we emphasize the following passage marked “very strange:”
Comment: The Citizen Newspaper published a report on May 6 stating that the DBSA had released a statement clarifying that the statistics were working data that has not yet been “validated as per normal practice or put through stakeholder consultations. [Emphasis mine.] This is why the data had not been published or reported by the Bank, as was normally done when it released research results.” The DBSA said that the information was published “without the Bank’s knowledge or its explicit and formal authority.”
A non-inducted mind may be left to wonder why The Development Bank of South Africa (whatever that is) is involved in HIV statistics, and feeding them to media, under any conditions.
How does it serve the Development Bank of South Africa to inflate HIV and AIDS statistics?
How is HIV/AIDS wired, financially, in South Africa? What is the root system? It certainly is not just another illness that bank managers and their “ilk” feel terrible that African mothers and babies are dying of.
What does this cable tell us? It sounds to me like this creepy bank has an entrenched system of issuing “information” about HIV/AIDS (which in this instance was declared a red herring.) That’s not normal.