World pro­grammes and ef­forts to tackle dis­eases

ef­forts to tackle dan­ger­ous dis­eases

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FIFA to or­gan­ise 'big event' in fight against AIDS, malaria and TB

FIFA are or­gan­is­ing an event to raise funds and aware­ness to tackle AIDS, tu­ber­colo­sis and malaria, their pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino told the me­dia last week.

In­fantino said the idea was in re­sponse to a re­cent an­nounce­ment that gov­ern­ments, phi­lan­thropists and pri­vate firms had pledged just over $14 bil­lion for a plan to save 16 mil­lion lives. The money was promised at a re­plen­ish­ment meet­ing in Lyon,

France, of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and Malaria, where host French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron had ex­horted coun­tries to give as much as they can.

"When Pres­i­dent Macron called to ask for sup­port, I said im­me­di­ately that FIFA and world foot­ball are

al­ways avail­able to con­trib­ute for the good and ob­vi­ously also for this plan­e­tary cause which is a great ini­tia­tive," In­fantino said.

"We will work to­gether on the con­cept of an event to raise money and aware­ness us­ing the power of foot­ball."

In­fantino told AFP that FIFA would work with the projects to de­velop the con­cept for a ma­jor soc­cer event next year.

Be­tween them the pan­demics of AIDS, TB and malaria cause three mil­lion deaths per year.

$14 bil­lion global goal in sight for fight­ing AIDS, TB, malaria

Gov­ern­ments, phi­lan­thropists and pri­vate firms were on course this month to reach a target of $14 bil­lion for a plan to save 16 mil­lion lives in the global fight against the epi­demics of AIDS, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and malaria, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said.

The money was promised at a re­plen­ish­ment meet­ing in Lyon, France, of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and Malaria, at which Macron en­gaged in in­tense diplo­macy to ex­hort coun­tries to step up do­na­tions.

"These are not sim­ply num­bers, they are lives," the French leader told del­e­gates.

"The funds that are be­ing asked of us are not... char­ity. It is a de­ci­sion to in­vest against in­jus­tice," he added, high­light­ing the dis­pro­por­tion­ate rate of in­fec­tion and deaths from the three dis­eases in poor coun­tries and among women and girls.

The fund had asked for $14 bil­lion, a sum it says will save 16 mil­lion lives be­tween 2021 and 2023.

Philip­pines 'open' to dengue vac­cine as out­break kills hun­dreds

As hun­dreds die in a se­vere dengue out­break in the Philip­pines, many of them chil­dren, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said he was open to lift­ing his govern­ment's blan­ket ban on the Deng­vaxia vac­cine.

Manila pro­hib­ited the im­port, sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of the drug -- man­u­fac­tured by French phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firm Sanofi -- after par­ents blamed it for the deaths of sev­eral dozen chil­dren who were among more than 700,000 peo­ple im­mu­nised in a state-run trial pro­gramme.

After the Deng­vaxia scare caused Filipinos to shy away from vac­cines, the coun­try was hit with measles and dengue out­breaks that have so far killed nearly a thou­sand peo­ple this year. The govern­ment de­clared a dengue epi­demic in Au­gust.

While he was "in a quandary" re­gard­ing the use of Deng­vaxia, Duterte said the per­ceived risk had to be weighed against the 662 deaths from out of the 146,000-plus dengue cases mon­i­tored by the govern­ment up un­til Au­gust of this year.

"Yes, I am open to the use of Deng­vaxia again. So many peo­ple are dead. It's an epi­demic. Now com­pare it vis-a-vis, with those who died (al­legedly due to the vac­cine)," Duterte told re­porters.

Over 40 dead in Bangladesh's worst-ever dengue out­break

At least 40 peo­ple have died in Bangladesh's worst-ever out­break of dengue ac­cord­ing to a tally in Au­gust with over­bur­dened hospi­tals strug­gling to treat thou­sands of pa­tients.

Out­breaks of the mosquito-borne vi­ral in­fec­tion, which causes flu-like symp­toms but can be deadly if it de­vel­ops into a haem­or­rhagic fever, usu­ally oc­cur in the South Asian na­tion dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son be­tween June and Septem­ber -- but this year the dis­ease has reached epi­demic pro­por­tions.

More than 44,000 peo­ple have been ad­mit­ted to hospi­tals with the ill­ness since Jan­uary, in­clud­ing some 2,100 by mid-Au­gust, ac­cord­ing to health min­istry of­fi­cial Aye­sha Akhter.

Lo­cal me­dia put the num­ber much higher.

The week-long hol­i­day mark­ing the Mus­lim fes­ti­val of Eid-al-Adha in Au­gust saw hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple leav­ing Bangladesh­i cities to re­turn to their fam­ily homes in the coun­try­side, rais­ing con­cerns that the dis­ease will spread fur­ther.

The coun­try's health min­is­ter said the out­break was "grad­u­ally re­duc­ing" while in­au­gu­rat­ing an emer­gency dengue ward at a pub­lic hospi­tal in Dhaka.

FIFA'S HEALTH OUT­REACH - FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino, right, and Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus, left, Direc­tor Gen­eral of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), speak after sign­ing a four-year mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing aimed at pro­vid­ing a pow­er­ful plat­form for pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing pub­lic health glob­ally through foot­ball, at the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) head­quar­ters in Geneva, Switzer­land, 04 Oc­to­ber 2019. Photo: EPA

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