A Possible AIDS Vaccine is Underway


Letter to the editor

A possible AIDS vaccine

The Institute of IrsiCaixa AIDS Research, in collaboration with researchers from the National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Heidelberg (Germany), has come up with a possible AIDS vaccine.

The team’s findings are published in the “PLoS Biology” Journal. http://idata.over-blog.com/3/14/56/95/EFECTO.jpg

Moreover, more than US $25 million have been invested as a way to give an international response to the AIDS problem in poor countries, according to a study on what countries need carried out by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS.

These investments cover the targets for global access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for HIV and AIDS. The United Nations plan certifies that a third of this flow will be invested in missions linked with changing human habits, practices, and social factors that continue to support the epidemic. Moreover, these resources will be destined to the strengthening of health systems.

The UN says that more than 70 million teenagers will undergo scans for the detection of HIV and AIDS, as well as preventive care treatment and services that aim to prevent maternal-child transmission; 20 million homosexual men; 7 million prostitution professionals; and 10 million drug addicts, will all have the opportunity to be alleviated by benefiting from these prevention services against this deadly virus.

There are more than 33 million people worldwide living with this virus. The number of new infections reached 2.7 million and the AIDS related deaths reached 2 million. Saharan Africa has 67 percent of persons who live with this disease at a global scale.

Furthermore, according to the World Summit of Ministers of Health, in order to prevent AIDS the following elements must be respected: human and spiritual values; not to mention that human rights and the dignity of the person must be protected.

Among the pioneers of AIDS are doctors Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize winners in Physiology and Medicine, as well as German researcher Harald zur Hausen, who determined the human papillomavirus. The cruel scourge of AIDS settled in about 5,700 lives in developing countries every year.

Homelessness and AIDS form a devastating combination. In Malawi, one in seven adults is HIV positive and half a million children are homeless. Life expectancy has fallen from 52 to 39 years.

The pandemic is considered to be a “national disaster”, according to Derek von Wissell, director of the National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS, one notable fighter against this virus of death. In Mozambique life expectancy has fallen from 60 years in 1997 to 31 years as of today, the lowest in the whole world. Infant mortality has been 108 per thousand. There are 130,000 orphans, which amounts to over 30 percent of the child population. Between 50 and 60 percent of malnourished children are affected by AIDS.

Clement Ferrer

Independent Forum of Opinion

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Every Four Seconds Someone in the World Dies of Hunger

The nudity of the indigent world could be dressed up in the leftover decorations of those who are vain, affirms Goldsmith. Moreover, Socrates used to call wealthy those who used their riches for goodwill, while the other opulent rich – even though they rejoice in wealth – remained proscribed among the poor, because their misadventures are grave since they are heartless and loveless.

It is known that those countries in deep misery and poverty on this earth can become rich in a short period of time if the copious investments to go to weapons for war and destruction are used for the acquisition of food and life.

Hunger is a plague that kills more than 6 million children every year. These children are victims of malnutrition, contagious diseases that are easily curable, but cannot be combated against since their little bodies are weak due to hunger. FAO, whose purpose is to end world hunger, asserts that every four seconds someone dies due to hunger.

There are about 1,000 million people that suffer from hunger worldwide, according to FAO’s Director General. He also asserts that food security is a primordial condition for peace and security around the world.

Furthermore, American singer and song writer Bob Dylan has joined in solidarity against hunger in the world by giving an NGO the benefits from his music hit “In the Wind” for an environmental campaign, free trade, and social responsibility about world poverty.

What is left for the opulent is the heritage of the indigent. Therefore, investments in farming, rural infrastructure, agricultural inquiry and quality training for youth that live in agricultural areas are critical in order to increase crop productivity and alleviate hunger, and thus poverty.

Hunger and malnutrition are among the most serious scandals that continue to affect the lives of humanity. Hunger is caused by man himself and by his selfishness, which results in the lack of social organization due to the rigidity of economic structures seeking profit even in practices that go against life and ideological systems which in turn reduces the individual (deprived of fundamental dignity) to a mere instrument, affirms Pope Benedict XVI. (Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez Moretti)

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