President Obama has announced new targets to combat the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) including increasing by two million the number of people able to access treatment.
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The U.S. government will try to get medicine for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV) to 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women worldwide. At the same time, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said that the international community has set a goal to end AIDS.
President Barack Obama, on Thursday renewed his Government's commitment in the fight against AIDS worldwide, announcing new targets to combat the syndrome , including two million increase in the number of people with access to treatment in two years
"We can defeat this disease. We can win this battle. We just have to keep fighting every day until we get to zero, "said the U.S. president in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington the occasion of World Day Against AIDS. When pandemic began in the eighties, "few could have imagined that we would talk about the real possibility of an AIDS-free generation. But we're doing (it)." The president went on to say that we can and will succeed in overcoming this disease.
In an event where he also participated by videoconference with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the current President announced new control objectives, including increasing from four to six million in two years the number of people receiving treatment around the world. Also, the U.S. government will try to get drugs against virus human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women worldwide, to prevent the syndrome can be transmitted to their babies.
These initiatives add to the Presidential Emergency Plan initially endowed with 15 Billion Dollars in the coming two years that will seek to distribute more than one Billion condoms in developing countries and 4.7 Million voluntary circumcisions among men in eastern and southern Africa.
According to figures provided by the White House, circumcision reduces the risk of transmission from females to males by 60 percent. In the U.S., the Government will allocate an additional $50 Million to the fight against AIDS, a syndrome that affects 1.2 million Americans and that between 2006 and 2009 killed about 16,000 people a year in this country. The new initiatives are added to the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 15 countries, mostly in Africa, launched by President George W. Bush in 2003 and initially endowed with 15 Billion Dollars.
Objective: zero new infections
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that after several decades of struggle against the epidemic caused by HIV-AIDS virus, the international community is set to end a disease that currently affects some 34 million people.
Thirty-four Million people are infected with HIV worldwide, 17% more than in 2001 "The progress we have made is proof that you can meet the challenge that has zero new infections, zero deaths and zero discrimination related with AIDS as its goal, "Ban said in his message on World AIDS day, while he urged countries to consider more funding to tackle the problem.
According to recent UN data, reflected in a joint report by UNAIDS, UNICEF and World AIDS Organization (WAO) late last year there were 34 million people living with HIV worldwide, 17% more than in 2001.
In 2010 there were 2.7 million new infections of HIV, of which around 390,000 were children, a figure representing 21% below the number of new infections occurring during the peak of the epidemic in 1997.
This reflects, according to the UN, the continued number of new HIV infections and a significant expansion of access to antiretroviral treatment, which in turn has helped reduce AIDS-related deaths, especially in recent years.
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