HIV/AIDS Leading Cause of Death for Women of Reproductive Age

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Voice of America reports that HIV/AIDS research and help promises around the globe have fallen short.
HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death and disease for women of reproductive age, according to health officials. A new report says much needs to be done to reverse that trend.

“Through the Millennium Development Goals and the 2001 Declaration of commitment on HIV/AIDS, all United Nation member states have committed to a series of actions and concrete…targets to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS,” he says.

However, the scorecard shows there’s much to be done to fulfill those commitments.

“There is widespread lack of accountability and transparency in national AIDS responses, meaning we do not have the information that we should about human and financial resources are being utilized and how well countries are meeting their agreed targets for the well-being of women and girls,” he says.

Economic downturn having an effect

“The current global financial crisis is affecting the will and ability of donors to sustain the high levels of funding that are necessary for an effective global response to AIDS,” he says.

The Score Card was launched by the

United Nations Development Fund for Women.

This independent assessment and rating is developed through a comprehensive consultative process with global health experts and civil society representatives from across the world, and evaluates data on women that all governments provide as part of the 2001 United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.

Globally, HIV and AIDS is the leading cause of death and disease in women of reproductive age worldwide. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to, and disproportionately affected by, HIV and AIDS in the global context. Lack of accountability for addressing women’s needs hampers efforts to measure the impact of different approaches, reward effective efforts, adjust or stop ineffective ones and ensure good use of resources. Without better monitoring, the international community will be unable to assess whether the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed targets are being met for a better response to women and girls in the context of HIV and AIDS.

Find out more about the AIDS Accountability Scorecard on Women 2009 at:

How some countries are dealing with this epidemic, from the Times of India:

....He added that various organisations working for welfare of HIV positive people have given suggestions and decided to target affected areas of the district. The organisations have also sought assistance from masses to fight against the menace.

Meesum added that steps are being taken to check the spread of the deadly disease especially in rural pockets, where people are usually shy to know about safe sex measures. Various awareness programmes would be organised on World Aids Day.

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