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Millennium Development Goal 6

GOAL 6:
COMBAT HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES

Target 6.A:
Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS

  • New HIV infections continue to decline in most regions.
  • More people than ever are living with HIV due to fewer AIDS-related deaths and the continued large number of new infections with 2.5 million people are newly infected each year.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of HIV transmission remains low among young people, along with condom use.
  • More orphaned children are now in school due to expanded efforts to mitigate the impact of AIDS.

Target 6.B:
Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it

  • While the target was missed by 2011, access to treatment for people living with HIV increased in all regions.
  • At the end of 2011, 8 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV. This total constitutes an increase of over 1.4 million people from December 2010.
  • By the end of 2011, eleven countries had achieved universal access to antiretroviral therapy.

Target 6.C:
Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases

  • The global estimated incidence of malaria has decreased by 17 per cent since 2000, and malaria-specific mortality rates by 25 per cent.
  • In the decade since 2000, 1.1 million deaths from malaria were averted.
  • Countries with improved access to malaria control interventions saw child mortality rates fall by about 20 per cent.
  • Thanks to increased funding, more children are sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Treatment for tuberculosis has saved some 20 million lives between 1995 and 2011.

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