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Claim number: 16
Claimant: Kalahari Moshaweng Health Center
Claim date: Feb. 19, 2010
Forum in which the claim was made: Online PDF
Claim methodology: Supplements
Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Frequent
Actual claim: Treats AIDS
Plausibility of this claim: Untested and implausible
- Response no 27: Kalahari Moshaweng Health Center Letter to TAC on 2010-03-15
- Response no 26: Treatment Action Campaign Letter to Catholic Welfare and Development on 2010-02-19
Documents relevant to this claim
TAC received information that the Kalahari Moshaweng Health Center in Kuruman, Northern Cape, was providing homeopathic and naturopathic supplements to patients with TB and/or HIV under the supervision of MD Robert Moiloa. An online PDF about the health center states that the project is doing ‘detailed evaluation… of possible therapies’.
Before a clinical trial can be done it must be reviewed and approved by the Medicines Control Council (MCC). Furthermore all trials involving human participants must also be registered at a local health research ethics committee, which in turn should be registered with the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC). There is no indication that a clinical trial has been approved.
Until a clinical trial takes place and can prove the efficacy of the supplements, the claim that homeopathic supplements can treat HIV remains unsubstantiated.