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The Global HIV/AIDS epidemic

Mad-Daqqa t''Għajn 30-11-2020

In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, World Aids Day on 1 December is a timely reminder of the need for continued efforts to tackle other global health problems. Since the first cases were recorded in 1981, the disease has claimed 33 million lives worldwide. New infections and deaths are steadily declining but there are still huge disparities and challenges to meeting the UN target of ending the epidemic by 2030.

World AIDS Day 2019

Mad-Daqqa t''Għajn 29-11-2019

Every year, 1 December marks World AIDS Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1988 and aimed mainly at raising awareness. This year's specific theme, 'Communities make a difference', draws attention to the crucial role of community health workers and communities of people living with HIV, highlighting their contribution to ending the epidemic. World AIDS Day also offers an opportunity to take stock of progress, globally and in the EU.

In February 2016 a workshop was held on "Communicable Diseases: EU response to HIV, TB and Hepatitis C", hosted by Ms Glenis WILLMOTT and Mr Alojz PETERLE, co-Chairs of the Health Working Group of the ENVI Committee. It included presentations by representatives of European Commission DG Health and Food Safety, the ECDC-European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and civil society representatives. The workshop and this publication were ...

South Africa's uneasy social convergence

Mad-Daqqa t''Għajn 19-11-2015

Despite its redistributive post-apartheid social policies, South Africa still faces substantial challenges. While most white citizens enjoy comparable living standards to those of the richest Western countries, one fifth of the population (mostly black) lives in extreme poverty. Government policies aimed at establishing social justice have achieved varying results. Deteriorating economic prospects have made expectations of social equity increasingly difficult to meet.

Since its establishment in 2003, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has aimed to scale up the fight against poverty-related diseases – malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis – in sub-Saharan Africa. Its main focus is on clinical trials of new medicines. The first phase 2003-2015 is coming to an end with stakeholders overall evaluating it as successful. A proposal for a second phase, EDCTP II, is due to be submitted to the EP and Council in coming months.

Executive summary The FYROM Government has been given a list of short-term and mid-term priorities to be completed in the coming years, as part of the pre-Accession phase towards ultimate EU membership. This short report gives an insight into the progress being made on these priorities in the areas of public health and food safety. [...]

Combating HIV/AIDS in the EU

Studju 04-12-2006