IRIN PlusNews HIV/AIDS News and information service | Southern Africa | UGANDA: Iranian anti-AIDS drug banned | Care Treatment, Prevention, PWAs ASOs, Research, Other | Daily
Monday 15 May 2006
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews


East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
West Africa
RSS - News Briefs


PlusNews E-mail Subscription

UGANDA: Iranian anti-AIDS drug banned

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 25 April (PLUSNEWS) - Ugandan authorities have banned the use of a popular anti-AIDS herb remedy known as "Khomeini", after tests found it provided no cure.

The government's directive came months after parliament had been informed that Khomeini was being sold to the public at exorbitant prices - US $1,650 per dose - with no information on its safety or registration.

Iranian Sheik Allagholi Elahi, head of Institute of Elahi International Initiatives for Development and Education, claimed the drug - which contains olive oil and honey - could cure HIV/AIDS and TB in three weeks.

However, studies by experts in Uganda and Kenya found that while patients had gained weight due to the nutritional content of the drug, it was incapable of curing HIV.

Ugandan health care minister, Alex Kamugisha, told the local Daily Monitor newspaper: "All patients under the care of Elahi are advised to receive appropriate care and treatment including antiretroviral from accredited health facilities ... anyone taking [Khomeini] does so at their own risk."



Recent UGANDA Reports
Raw deal for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS,  5/May/06
Integrating traditional medicine in the fight against HIV/AIDS,  24/Apr/06
Access to HIV/AIDS services improving in war-torn north ,  14/Apr/06
New policy keeps HIV-positive people out of armed forces,  5/Apr/06
Abstinence - the safest or most dangerous HIV strategy?,  4/Apr/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.

[Back] [Home Page]

Click here to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about PlusNews Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to Webmaster

Copyright © IRIN 2006
The material contained on comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian news and information service, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
All PlusNews material may be reposted or reprinted free-of-charge; refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use. IRIN is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.