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Goal #6Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases
Introduction

Malaria, together with HIV/AIDS and TB, is one of the major public health challenges undermining development in the poorest countries in the world. Malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds. Many children who survive an episode of severe malaria may suffer from learning impairments or brain damage. Pregnant women and their unborn children are also particularly vulnerable to malaria, which is a major cause of perinatal mortality, low birth weight and maternal anaemia.

The Targets

Goal 6 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

Did You Know?
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, there are currently 4.1 million people with AIDS who are in immediate need of life-saving anti-retroviral drugs. (Source:WTO)
  • Currently more than 11 million children in Africa have lost at least one parent to HIV/AIDS; that number is expected to reach 20 million by 2010. (Source:UNAIDS/UNICEF)
  • There are 42 million people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide. It is a global emergency claiming approximately 8,000 lives every day in some of the poorest countries. (Source:Oxfam)
  • 1 in every 100 people worldwide is HIV positive: One third of them are aged 15-24.(Source:ActionAid UK)
  • Approximately 40% of the world's population-mostly those living in the world's poorest countries-is at risk of contracting malaria. Malaria causes more than 300 million acute illnesses and at least one million deaths annually.
Achieving the Goals

Rose Rwabasinga, a widow living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda sold her car and land to support her family. In 2004 with the support of international donors, the government of Rwanda began providing free antiretroviral drugs to people living with HIV/AIDS. "It was a catastrophe! I had nothing left to sell," remembers the mother of three, "If the free drugs had come just a little later, I could certainly have died."

Goal News

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed the IOC’s commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and how the IOC can use sport as a catalyst in partnership with the UN.


A new report released today by two United Nations agencies puts the number of people living with HIV at about 33.2 million, down from last year’s estimate of 39.5 million, attributing the decrease to more accurate data collection and analysis.


British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and German Chancellor Angela Merkel today announced an International Health Partnership designed to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Partnership will include major donor countries, including Britain and Germany, and key international agencies such as the World Bank and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to accelerate MDGs 4, 5 and 6: reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases.


The United Nations Systems on Friday awarded seven journalists for promoting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Ghana for the year 2006.

The award winners who were presented with assorted books, journals and undisclosed cash include Mr. Lovelace Opoku Agyeman who wrote an article on achieving the Millennium Development Goals and Mrs. Clare Banoeng-Yakubu who also did a story on contraceptive use in Ghana.
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