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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