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first_img Share UN Secretary General Ban Ki MoonADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a “generation free of AIDS”, after UNAIDS reported a 35-per cent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago.The positive news was also coupled with calls for more funding, with the objective of eliminating the virus by 2030. The United Nations also warned that continuing stigmatisation of sex workers, drug users and homosexuals were barriers to progress.“The world has delivered. We have achieved and exceeded the goals regarding AIDS. We have 15 million people on HIV treatment,” Ban said in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where he is attending a global development summit.“We are on the way to a generation free of AIDS,” Ban said. “The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic. Now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic.”According to the UNAIDS report released on Tuesday in Geneva, there have been remarkable strides since the advent in 1996 of anti-retroviral drugs, which suppress the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).Though not a cure, the therapy creates a virtuous circle. The less the virus is in circulation, the less likely it is that people become infected.Although new HIV infections declined to two million in 2014 against 3.1 million 14 years ago and the number of new infections has noticeably decreased or remained stagnant, UNAIDS warned spending had plateaued.There are currently 36.9 million people living with HIV around the world. Around March this year, 15 million of them were accessing anti-retroviral therapy.“In 2011 world leaders called for reaching 15 million people with life-saving HIV treatment by 2015. And that is exactly what the world did — ahead of schedule,” said UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe in a report entitled “How AIDS changed everything.”But the report said more needed to be done.“After a decade of unprecedented growth, financing for the AIDS response has levelled off. At the same time, the world now has compelling evidence that people with HIV benefit by accessing anti-retroviral therapy as early as possible,” it said.– ‘Stigma, discrimination and punitive laws’ –UNAIDS said further increases and efficient reallocation were needed to address the “increased need of earlier initiation of anti-retroviral therapy” and called for AIDS spending of $32 billion (29 billion euros) annually between now and 2020 in the hope of eliminating the virus by 2030.“Stigma, discrimination and punitive laws continue to affect the people most impacted by HIV and to block their access to HIV services in every region of the world,” the report said.“The criminalisation of sex work, drug use and same-sex sexual relationships among consenting adults hinders attempts to reach people at higher risk of HIV infection.”Sidibe said he was hopeful that the next decade would “give us a more effective vaccine”.The UN has set up an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic, aiming to ensure that 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their status and that 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV will receive anti-retroviral therapy.The third target is that 90 per cent of all people receiving anti-retroviral therapy will have viral suppression.2015 is the deadline year for the Millennium Development Goals which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle poverty and hunger, prevent deadly but treatable diseases and expand educational opportunities to all children.In September, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to adopt a new agenda for sustainable development in which health is one of the top priorities.Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region worst hit by AIDS with 25.8 million people living with HIV. Last year, there were 1.4 million new HIV infections — a 39 per cent drop from 2000.Asia is a distant second with five million cases but there has been a recrudescence of new infections. Last year there were 340,000 new HIV infections and China, Indonesia and India accounted for 78 per cent of them.Medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) hailed the strides made in the fight against AIDS but stressed that the world “cannot afford to lose any momentum”.“In some countries where we work, HIV treatment coverage is as low as 17 per cent, which stands in stark contrast to the UNAIDS goal of 90 percent treatment coverage,” it said. 52 Views   no discussions Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint UN chief says world on way to ‘generation free of AIDS’ by: Associated Free Press – July 14, 2015center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

first_imgDubbed “Printegrity,” the 2019 PrintMedia Congress gathers some of the biggest personalities in the print industryunder one venue for an exchange of ideas and solutions to important issuesfacing the print media industry today. MANILA – The United Print Media Group(UPMG), the association the Philippines’ biggest and most respectednewspaper companies, holds its Print Media Congress (PrintCon) today at theRigodon Hall of Manila Hotel. It hinges on the theme “InnovatingPrint through Credible Content” to highlight the importance of integrity, credibilityand reliability in the delivery of news and information in this medium. Both Atienza and Sarmiento hope tocome up with congress resolutions and ratifications at the end of the congressto future-proof the industry. They believe that despite the challenges, thismoment also presents an incredible opportunity for the industry to reinventitself and innovate using it strongest asset: its ability to craft compelling,thought-provoking, credible content./PN This will be followed by a paneldiscussion on “Exploring New Businesses, New Opportunities for Print” to be ledby Lucien Dy Tioco, executive vice president of Philstar Media Group togetherwith Richard Alarcon, assistant vice president for advertising of ManilaBulletin, and Joyce Panares, news editor of Manila Standard. “Even in this digital age, it is ofprime importance that our news content be dependable regardless of whatplatform we have it,” according to Barbie Atienza, UPMG president. This year’s Print Media Congress willalso be highlighted by the presentation of a qualitative studycommissioned by UPMG on news and information consumption and how these canbring about new opportunities for print, by another keynote speaker, KantarMedia Head Jay Bautista. Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez, presidentand chief executive officer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and AngelGuerrero, president and editor-in-chief of Adobo Magazine, will leadthe CEO Forum on “How to Reimagine the Business of News.” This sessionwill be moderated by BusinessWorld editor-in-chief Roby Alampay. Welcoming Print Media Congressdelegates to the City of Manila is no less than Mayor Francisco “Isko” DomagosoMoreno who will talk about “Leading Through Transparency and Integrity.” He added that almost all their membershave embraced the digital medium and yet maintain the discipline and the valuesof responsible journalism. UPMG vice president and congresschairman Jay Sarmiento also said the congress will stress the need to strategizetowards exploring new business models, new ways of doing things to respondeffectively to the changing demands of time. The whole day conference will featureas one of the keynote speakers Pichai Chuensuksawadi, consultant for ASEANMEDIA Forum and former editor-in-chief of Bangkok Post. He will present“Innovation in News Media: Transformation and Business Models.” For the final panel discussion, thetopic will be “Building Collaborations and Partnerships for a SustainableFuture for Print” with Chito Maniago, president of the Philippine Associationof National Advertisers; Andy Saracho, president of Public Relations Society ofthe Philippines; Dennis Perez, president of the Internet and Mobile MarketingAssociation of the Philippines; Donald Lim, president of the Media SpecialistsAssociation of the Philippines; and Alex Syfu, chairman of the AdvertisingStandards Council of the Philippines with past UPMG president Ricky Alegre asmoderator.last_img read more

first_img Maguire faces Chris Wilder’s stars in a crunch battle for a European place at Old Trafford on Wednesday. But while he admits he always looks for the Blades results first on match days after starting his career at Bramall lane, he hopes they finish below United.Advertisement Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, is delighted for Sheffield United and their league success this season. Loading…center_img “It’s a fantastic football club and one I’m really proud of because of how well they’re doing at the moment. read also:Man Utd legend Keane blasts De Gea, Maguire after Spurs duel “I’m really thankful for the opportunity they gave me to start my professional career, and the faith and trust they showed in me at a young age. “I’m really happy with how they’re doing and theirs is the first result I look for after a game with United. Hopefully, they can finish one place below us!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more