The World Bank pioneered global HIV and AIDS financing early in the emergency and remains committed to achieving Millennium Development Goal 6, to halt by 2015 and begin to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS, through prevention, care, treatment, and mitigation services for those affected by HIV and AIDS.
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Potentially preventable risk factors including poor diet, high blood pressure, and alcohol use help fuel changing disease burden in Latin America and Caribbean regionWASHINGTON, September 4, 2013... Show More + - With the exception of young men, most people in Latin America and the Caribbean are living much longer today than 40 years ago. The mortality rate has dropped by at least 80 percent for children 4 years old or younger and by more than 50 percent for women between the ages of 20 and 44. For men between the ages of 15 and 19, however, the mortality rate has increased by 1 percent, largely due to deaths from road injuries and rising violence.These are some of the findings released by the World Bank Group and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in a new report, The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy. Latin America and Caribbean Regional Edition. The report also highlights the fact that the Latin America and Caribbean region (LAC) face Show Less -
March 9, 2010—As soon as she discovered she had tuberculosis (TB), Maria Stepanova made preparations for her own death. She wept inconsolably and bought herself a pretty outfit to wear in her... Show More + coffin. As a sanitation worker scrubbing floors at a tuberculosis dispensary, she knew first-hand the heavy toll exacted by the disease in Russia. Russia’s TB mortality rate is among the highest in Europe. In Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia where Stepanova lives, almost one in three TB infections is fatal.“I knew how it all finishes. I was surrounded by death,” she says three years later.When a World Bank team visited Novosibirsk as part of project supervision, Stepanova, a chirpy 46-year old carefully attired against the autumn chill, was alive and well. Her first grandchild had been born recently, she had resumed her hospital work and she was confident that the rigorous anti-TB treatment she followed had rid her body of the debilitating disease.Spurred by a TB and HIV/AIDS Contro Show Less -