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Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.

 

 

Target 6.A:

Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Target 6.B:

Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it.

Target 6.C:

Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

 

The main ingredient

Bye-bye Aids and Malaria: mix knowledge of HIV/AIDS with the use of condoms and contraceptive programs, and you will obtain a successful recipe in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases, mix malaria prevention and treatment measures with prevention using long-lasting insecticidal nets, prevention with indoor residual spraying, and rapid treatment with effective anti-malarial medicines.

 

In which stage are we in?

Malaria kills nearly one million people a year – most of them children under five in Africa. In fact, on average, a child in Africa dies every 30 seconds from a malaria infection caused by  a mosquito bite. 99% of people who die from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis (TB) live in the developing world. Nevertheless, the largest absolute drops in malaria deaths were in Africa, where 11 countries have reduced malaria cases and deaths by over 50%. Promoting the use of insecticide-treated nets to combat malaria and increasing access to anti-malaria medicines will reduce the numbers of deaths by malaria.

Death is, of course, the major concern, but the diseases also mean that societies lose part of their economic workforce. To families it’s also devastating. Children who lose their parents are more exposed to exploitation.

At the end of 2010, 34 million people were living with HIV. But the annual number of new HIV infections has progressively declined and the number of dead is also declining due to antiretroviral therapy. 6.6 million people in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy as of 2010. To definitely say bye-bye to Aids and Malaria, there is a strong need to invest in effective prevention, care, and sustainable treatment.

MDG Monitor for Goal 6

 

What to tell Young Modern Performers about this MDG?

Diseases do not care about any borders. So there is a lot that YMPs, as well as all of us, can do about the spread of global diseases. When addressing the Young Modern Performer with options to contribute to this MDG, we wanted to give very concrete options. In development education actions on MDG 6 we, for instance, distributed condoms as you can see here and here.