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April 28, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
As more details emerged Monday on the origins of the swine flu outbreak, the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level for the first time ever, and U.S. authorities warned against unnecessary travel to Mexico. In that country, authorities ordered all schools closed nationwide, and officials disclosed that the outbreak began much earlier than thought, near a pig farm in the Veracruz municipality of Perote.
January 22, 2009 | Mary Engel
In one of its largest grants ever, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $255 million Wednesday toward the push to eradicate polio, a goal that has eluded world health agencies for decades but that many still consider doable, possibly within five years. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made the announcement of the grant to Rotary International at a meeting of the service organization in San Diego.
July 30, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The number of AIDS deaths worldwide dropped 10% in 2007 because of increasing access to treatment, as did the number of new infections in children, the United Nations reported Tuesday. Condom use and prevention efforts increased in many countries and adolescent sexual intercourse declined in some of the most heavily affected regions, the report says. "In a surprisingly short period of time, there has been a tripling of prevention efforts in some countries," said Dr.
July 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The House voted to triple money to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis around the world, giving new life to a program credited with saving or prolonging millions of lives in Africa alone. The 303-115 vote sends the global AIDS bill to President Bush, who supports the five-year, $48-billion plan.
December 1, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush urged Congress on Friday to renew his program to fund anti-AIDS efforts around the world and said he would visit sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is the leading cause of death, early next year. As the White House displayed a 28-foot red ribbon at the front door to mark World AIDS Day, which is being commemorated today, Bush visited a small church that last summer sent a team of volunteers to Namibia to care for AIDS orphans.
September 13, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Worldwide deaths for children younger than 5 dropped to an estimated 9.7 million last year, the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1960, the United Nations Children's Fund announced Wednesday. Even as the world population has grown, the number of early childhood deaths has shrunk to less than half its modern peak in 1960, the agency found. At that time, an estimated 20 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday.
May 31, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush said Wednesday that he would ask Congress to increase U.S. support for the global fight against HIV/AIDS to $30 billion over five years from the current commitment of $15 billion. The White House estimates the increased spending would treat 2.5 million people, prevent 12 million infections and provide additional care for 12 million people, among them 5 million orphans and other children. In the program's first three years, through March, it helped pay for treatment of 1.
November 22, 2006 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
The AIDS epidemic has continued to grow in all regions of the world this year and surged back in some areas where there had been declines, according to the annual AIDS report issued Tuesday by the United Nations and World Health Organization. Although the rate of growth has slowed since the early years of the epidemic, the AIDS toll for 2006 is expected to be 2.9 million people dead and 4.3 million infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Officials said 39.
May 23, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Dr. Lee Jong-wook, director-general of the World Health Organization and the driving force in that agency's effort to expand AIDS treatment to the developing world, died Monday in Geneva following surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. The first Korean to head a United Nations agency, Lee was 61.
March 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Worldwide measles deaths dropped 48% in six years as immunization efforts reached more children in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations said Friday. The World Health Organization and the U.N. Children's Fund said the fall in deaths to 454,000 in 2004 from 871,000 in 1999 was "an outstanding public-health success story." A safe, cheap and effective measles vaccine has been available since the 1960s, but the highly infectious disease is still a major killer of children in developing countries.
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