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Urgent action needed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030: UN Report

On 6 May 2016 United Nations released a new report terming  Fast-Track stress on to end the AIDS epidemic .
•    It reveals that the extraordinary acceleration of progress made over the past 15 years could be lost.
•    UN through report urges all partners to ensure that the global AIDS epidemic is ended as a public health threat by 2030.
•    It also underlines the critical role civil society has played in securing many of the gains made and the leadership provided by people living with HIV.
•    The report also calls the shortfalls in the implementation of the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS distressing. 
•    The report draws attention to regions where new HIV infections are continuing to rise, such 
•    The report gives strong emphasis to the links between the response to HIV and the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
•    To reach these goals include reaching the 90–90–90 treatment target for 2020.

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UN launches Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Zika virus response

On 6 May 2016 United Nations announced the establishment of the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak.
It fund was announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
•    The Fund aims to provide a rapid, flexible and accountable platform to support a coordinated response from the UN system and partners.
•    It will directly support the Zika Strategic Response Framework, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO
•    Under the programme, the donors will contribute to a central point and an Advisory Committee will direct funds to the highest-priority activities in the affected countries.
•    Zika virus (ZIKV) is transmitted by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti.
•    In case of humans, the virus causes mild illness known as Zika fever (Zika or Zika disease).
•    Since January 2015, 61 countries and territories have reported local transmission of Zika.
•    The recent rise in the spread of the virus in some countries has been accompanied by an unprecedented rise in the number of children being born with unusually small heads 
•    On 1 February 2016, WHO announced that the cluster of cases of microcephaly and other neurological disorders.

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South Korea Unveils Zika-Proof Olympic Uniforms

South Korea's Olympic committee on 27th April 2016 unveiled Zika-proof uniforms complete with mosquito repellent
•    Mosquito-repellent chemicals were added to the outfits, which all include long pants, long-sleeved shirts and jackets. 
•    The decision to use mosquito repellent uniform during the Rio games was taken because of the spread of the Zika virus. 
•    The virus is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes.
•    Earlier in April 2016, representatives of the South Korean Olympic organisation and the government visited Rio to inspect venues, athletes' facilities and local hospitals. Brazil has reported about 1.5 million Zika infections out of a worldwide total of about 2 million.
•    The disease has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation. 
•    It causes severe headache which might lead to death.
•    Fever, Body pain etc. are common traits.

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Dr Jitendra Singh launches Cancer Care campaign in Northeast

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya, today, the first of its kind, weeklong Cancer Care campaign in Northeast under the auspices of “North Eastern Council (NEC) - Pink Chain Cancer Conclave 2016”. 
•    The campaign is being attended by Cancer specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and other parts of the country, and the weeklong programmes will include public education camps, academic discussions by medical experts and visits to educational institutions. 
•    The entire expenditure for this will be borne by the Ministry of DoNER and Adyar Cancer Institute, he said. 
•    Barooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati will shortly start super speciality DM Medical Oncology and MCh Surgical Oncology courses in Cancer, in collaboration with the Tata Memorial Institute, Mumbai and Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. 

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