The Goal: Combat HIV/Aids and other major diseases
Targets to be met by 2015:
What has been achieved?
- Halve and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.
- Achieve universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it.
- Halt and start to decrease malaria and other major diseases.
Progress has been made in fighting tuberculosis where experts are confident in achieving the targets. But malaria and HIV/Aids remain major killers. Malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds and 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 anemia. Globally an estimated 34 million people are now living with HIV/AIDS. Of this number, 14 million are women and 1.2 are children under fourteen years of age.
Photo: A volunteer holding a child with AIDS, in Port-au-Prince. UN Photo/Amando Wack