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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_imgNeal’s Funeral Home 306 S Walnut St. Osgood, IN 47037 812-689-4262James E. Foster, age 62 of Napoleon, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Indianapolis at Methodist Hospital. Born on April 19, 1955, James was the son of the late Stanley and Lorraine Goldsmith Foster. He grew up in a large family with six brothers and four sisters. On July 3, 1975, he married Cheryl Ann Roberts, who survives. A graduate of Jac-Cen-Del Jr-Sr High School, Jim went to work for Delta Faucet in 1975. He had held various positions with the company during the 42 years he worked for them, but most recently he was a hand jack operator.Not surprisingly, with coming from a huge family, family meant much to him. However, he kept active with other interests also. He enjoyed woodworking, especially scrollwork. He was a fantastic photographer even though he preferred never to be in the pictures. Taking road trips to enjoy the country and wild life was another enjoyable pastime. Some of his favorite destination trips included Siesta Key, Gatlinburg, and Gettysburg. The family commented that he enjoyed teasing and picking on his family even during the last hours of his life. One brother said, “Jim was a kind, gentle, happy-go-lucky guy.”Survivors include his wife Cheryl Foster at home and his daughter April Marie Foster and fiancé Lester Clark, Napoleon. His six brothers are Dennis (Janice) Foster, Nogales, AZ; Tim (Janet) Foster, Napoleon; Doug (Pam) Foster, Greensburg; Mick Foster, Greensburg; Johnny Paul (Lynn) Foster, Osgood; and Larry Mark (Phyllis) Foster, Greensburg. His four sisters are Diane Huening, Greensburg; Peggy (Duane Sizemore) Murray, Napoleon; Rita J. Foster, Greensburg; and Laurie Foster, Napoleon. Also surviving are his grandchildren Aaron Johnson, Alex Foster, and Allison Smitley; his mother-in-law Wanda Roberts, Napoleon; brother-in-law Mickey Roberts, Milan; and sister-in-law Kim McKinley, Myakka, FL. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son Samuel Edward Foster.Services will be held all in one day, Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Visitation will be from 3:30 – 6:30 P.M. with the funeral following at 6:30 P.M. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice. Arrangements were made by Neal’s Funeral Home of Osgood, Indiana.last_img read more

first_imgNBA commissioner Adam Silver conceded the league’s planned restart at the end of July could be scrapped if there is a large number of coronavirus cases.There are concerns after Nets players DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie tested positive for the coronavirus. Jordan will sit out the team’s campaign and Dinwniddie may do the same. MORE: Players who have opted out of NBA’s restart”Never ‘full steam ahead, no matter what,'” Silver told TIME 100 Talks when asked if the league would take the court regardless of events. “One thing we are learning about this virus is [that] much [is] unpredictable, and we and our players, together with their union, look at the data on a daily basis.”If there were something to change that was outside of the scope of what we are playing for, [then] certainly we would revisit our plans.”We are testing daily. We haven’t put a precise number on it, but if we were to see a large number of cases and see spread in our community, that would of course be a cause to stop as well.”22 TEAMS.8 SEEDING GAMES PER TEAM.A BATTLE FOR 16 PLAYOFF SPOTS.It’s a #WholeNewGame. How will it all go down? For more details, visit https://t.co/F5DGrhc4Nj pic.twitter.com/pVlryCXZcK— NBA (@NBA) June 29, 2020Zion Williamson and the Pelicans are scheduled to face the Jazz in the first game back on July 30, with LeBron James’ Lakers in action against the Clippers later that day. The season is set to resume with 22 teams playing at the Disney World complex outside Orlando, Fla. The campaign was halted March 11 because of COVID-19. “We are going to see as we go,” Silver added. “Certainly, if cases are isolated, that’s one thing. A lot of the determination will be our understanding of how our community became infected. That will be part of our judgment in terms of whether we should continue. But certainly if we had a lot of cases, we are going to stop. You cannot run from this virus.”I am absolutely convinced that it will be safer on this campus than off this campus because there aren’t many situations that I am aware of where there is mass testing of asymptomatic employees.”In some ways, this is maybe a model for how other industries can ultimately open. But I am only going to say we will be responsible and watch what is happening, but the biggest indicator will be if we begin to see a spread in our community.”last_img read more