The Position Of The World Health Organization And Other UN Organizations On Micronutrients And Immune Deficiencies And AIDS

  1. The Applicants repeatedly refer to an alleged position of the World Health Organization (WHO) purportedly discouraging the use of vitamins in the global fight against immune deficiencies and AIDS. Moreover, the Applicants portray themselves as the implementers of WHO policies in South Africa when promoting toxic ARV drugs and when fighting the use of micronutrients in the battle against AIDS. This representation by the Applicants is false too.
  2. The WHO was founded in 1948 with the goal to achieve the maximum level of health for people worldwide. One of the ways to achieve this goal engraved in the WHO constitution is “to promote the improvement of nutrition.” The commitment of the WHO to its constitution is documented by the following facts:
    1. The WHO established a joint WHO/FAO “Expert committee on nutrition” that by 1962 had published no less than six comprehensive reports within the official “World Health Organization’s Technical Report Series”. These reports marshalled by experts around the world specified everything from the improvement of general nutrition to the use of vitamins and other micronutrients. It also included recommendations for community gardening and other measures to raise vitamin rich nutrition (Annexure ‘WHO Nutrition 62’).
    2. The WHO reports placed a special focus on the role of nutrition and micronutrients in the fight against immune deficiencies and to improve resistance against infectious diseases. For example the “World Health Organization’s Technical Report No. 405” was entitled “Nutritional Anaemia.” This WHO report was specifically dedicated to the close connection between micronutrient deficiency and the impaired production and function of white blood cells, causing of immune deficiencies. The report highlighted the necessity of various micronutrients as being essential for optimum immune function, among others B vitamins, folic acid and iron. The report even included “therapeutic trials” from various countries, e.g. showing a significant decrease of anaemia with micronutrient therapy (Annexure ‘WHO Nutrition 405’).
    3. It would go far beyond the scope of this affidavit to discuss the comprehensive list of publications by the WHO on the use of micronutrients on immune deficiencies. A complete list of these reports can be found in the WHO library.
    4. Thus, while the WHO has acknowledged the important role of micronutrients in fighting anaemia and immune deficiencies decades ago, this basic knowledge of biology is still being questioned by the Applicants today. Considering these facts, the allegations made by the Applicants about the position of the WHO on micronutrients are highly deceptive.
  3. Over the past decades, the pharmaceutical interests have infiltrated the World Health Organization and have been continuously trying to abuse this world body for the promotion of patented drugs and for sidelining micronutrients as effective and safe – but non-patentable – alternatives to drug therapy. A case in point is the so-called, “Codex Alimentarius Commission”, an effort by the pharmaceutical lobby to abuse the WHO to ban natural therapies worldwide, which will be described below in more detail.
  4. To this end, the WHO also recruited staff people from around the world that had previously been active in protecting pharmaceutical interests in their countries. One case on point is Precious Matsoso, the former head of the Medicines Control Council (“MCC”) of South Africa , an organization that until recently had essentially operated beyond any democratic control with even its member list not being publicly accessible. In late 2004, after having tried to push through legislation for a ban on natural health information in South Africa , she left her job at the “MCC” and became a “coordinator” at the WHO in Geneva . The role of Matsoso and the “MCC” under her leadership will be discussed in greater detail below.
  5. Both Applicants, SAMA and the “TAC” had closely cooperated with Matsoso and the previous “MCC”. With Matsoso’s departure to assume a staff position at the WHO in Geneva they now had a “direct line” to the staff level at this and other UN bodies. In this context, it is noteworthy that all the statements submitted by the Applicants as “official statements” by the WHO in an effort to discredit me, were essentially press releases or statements worked out by WHO staffers. The deceptive nature of these “prepared statements” is immediately obvious to everyone who compares them with the position of the governing bodies of the WHO.
  6. The highest authoritative and decision taking body of the WHO is the annual World Health Assembly (WHA). The last WHA took place in Geneva in May 2006 with government representatives from 190 countries, among them presidents and ministers of health. The topic of AIDS was a top priority. In stark contrast to the representations made by the Applicants about the “official” position of the WHO, this highest authoritative world body of the WHO did not “condemn” micronutrients. To the contrary, the WHA made specific recommendations for the integration of nutritional interventions and micronutrients in the global fight against AIDS (Annexure ‘WHA Nutrition 06’).
  7. It is also noteworthy that his Royal Highness, Prince Charles, had been invited to give the key note lecture to the very same World Health Assembly in Geneva . On May 20, 2006 , Prince Charles told the government officials and health representatives of the entire world about the necessity for global political support for the advances in science-based natural health. Prince Charles urged the world’s health leaders to incorporate the use of nutritional and natural health approaches in fighting today’s global diseases, including AIDS (Annexure ‘Prince Charles’).
  8. The World Health Organization in a comprehensive review entitled "Nutrient Requirements for People Living with HIV/AIDS" recommends for the people of the world affected by HIV and AIDS ( Annexure ‘Nutrient Requirements):
    1. "HIV infected 6-59 month-old children living in resource-limited settings should receive periodic vitamin A supplements."
    2. "To prevent anaemia, WHO recommends daily iron-folate supplementation during six months of pregnancy."
    3. "Adequate micronutrient intake is best achieved through an adequate diet. However, in settings where these intakes and status cannot be achieved, multiple micronutrient supplements may be needed in pregnancy and lactation.
  9. In April 2001, the United Nations held a special symposium in Nairobi , Kenya , entitled "Nutrition and HIV/AIDS." The recommendations of this expert meeting specifically included food fortification as well as nutritional supplementation with vitamins. (Annexure ‘Nutrition HIV/AIDS’).
  10. The deceptive and misleading statements presented by the “TAC” and SAMA in this Application were not confined to the WHO but included also other international bodies that allegedly spoke out against micronutrients in the global fight against AIDS and other diseases.
  11. A particularly important statement was issued as a “global alarm” by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) . This 2002 UNICEF report entitled “Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency – A Global Damage Assessment” highlights that two billion people – i.e. every third man, woman and child on our planet – suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiency. (Annexure ‘VMD’).
  12. Following are just a few quotes from this UNICEF “Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency” document that challenge the very basis of this Application:
    1. The summary on the cover page of this UNICEF report reads: “Vitamin and mineral deficiencies affect a third of the world’s people – debilitating minds, bodies, energies, and the economic prospects of nations. But for once the world is confronted by a problem which could be brought under control in a relatively short time and at a relatively low cost.”
    2. This UNICEF report reads further: “In May 2002, the General Assembly of the United Nations agreed that the elimination or reduction of vitamin and mineral deficiencies should be one of the principal development goals to be achieved in the early years of the new millennium.”
    3. “Despite the achievements, the fact remains that few nations have moved decisively against vitamin and mineral deficiency by deploying the full range of known solutions on a systematic, nation-wide scale. If the goals set by the United Nations are to be achieved, action against vitamin and mineral deficiency will therefore have to move onto a new level.
    4. At the end, this UNICEF report makes specific recommendations for immediate global action. Major challenges listed in the report are, among others: Building a New Awareness; Forming National Alliances; Monitoring Progress.” All of these steps encourage the implementation of this knowledge into national health care policies.
    5. The addressees of this important UNICEF report are clearly defined: ”This summary is being submitted to political leaders and major media in the belief that controlling vitamin and mineral deficiency is an affordable opportunity to improve the lives of two billion people and to strengthen the pulse of economic development.”
  13. These facts from official reports and public policies of leading international bodies challenge not only the validity of the allegations made by the Applicants, but the very scientific, moral and ethical basis of this Application.