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Evidence-informed country-level policymaking (47) Mass media, public opinion, and health policymaking

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I am reminded that back in 1992­1993, the leading UK newspaper, The Sunday Times, ran a series of articles arguing that the AIDS epidemic in Africa was a myth. The articles claimed that antiviral therapy was ineffective, HIV testing unreliable, and that AIDS was not a threat to heterosexuals.  

A separate public health issue is the MMR controversy, where 'The media have been criticized for their naive reporting and for lending undue credibility to the architect of the fraud, Andrew Wakefield'.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All) and current chair of the Dgroups Foundation (  Twitter: @hifa_org   FB:


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