By Jai P Narain
This quantity discusses the various advances in HIV study, new projects and their promise for software within the Asian zone. It highlights the severe want for nationwide dedication and enough assets, and for addressing the underlying HIV-risk comparable behaviours and vulnerabilities. The members additionally study the concept that of accomplished care - from domestic and from the group to the institutional point - in addition to supplying brand new details on HIV drug and vaccine improvement.
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As HIV infection progresses to AIDS, there will be an increase in total hospitalisations related to HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS 2002a). Projections on mortality from infectious diseases in India show that by the year 2033 HIV/AIDS could cause 22 per cent of all deaths and 40 per cent of deaths from infectious diseases. By comparison, data from 1998 showed that only 2 per cent of all deaths were caused by HIV/ AIDS and 6 per cent of deaths from infectious diseases were related to HIV/AIDS (Over et al. 2003).
The connection between HIV/AIDS and the economy is elusive, but the potential negative impact of the epidemic is indisputable. By undermining the health and economic future of individuals, the HIV/AIDS epidemic becomes a potential threat to human security in general. A Threat to Human Security The concept of human security has evolved from the traditional concept of national security. It recognises that, in an interdependent world, the greatest threat to security does not come from the military might of other states, but from diseases, hunger, environmental contamination and crime, affecting individuals and communities.
Specifically, the WHO’s area of work includes prevention and management of sexually-transmitted diseases, blood safety, HIV/AIDS continuum of care, including ARV treatment, epidemiological surveillance and research. While focusing its attention on the public health aspects of the epidemic, the WHO continues to promote the health, social and political dimensions, and develop networks of creative partnerships throughout the world. Over the past two years the WHO has helped countries in Asia mobilise more than US$ 1 billion from the GFATM, thereby providing an opportunity to build on the successes so far (GFATM 2003).
AIDS in Asia: The Challenge Continues by Jai P Narain