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Garrett: Botswana's Infant Formula Debacle

Interviewee: Laurie Garrett
Interviewer: Toni Johnson
August 16, 2007

A recent Washington Post article suggests that hundreds of diarrhea-related infant deaths in Botswana may be linked with the policy that promoted infant formula over breast feeding for mothers with HIV. CFR Health Fellow Laurie Garrett says says Botswana’s experience typifies the “lose-lose” scenario for health experts seeking to prevent the spread of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The region’s lack of access to clean water means infant formula, successfully used in the West to avoid the transmission of AIDS through breast feeding, is not an option. But mothers continue to have inadequate access to medications to block the virus from spreading through breast milk.

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