May 17, 2020

Better programmes and more money needed to fight AIDS

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The Joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said that better programmes are needed to continue with the fight against the disease. UNAI...

The Joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said that better programmes are needed to continue with the fight against the disease.

UNAIDS has released a new report ‘AIDS at 30: Nations at the Crossroads’ to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the disease which is today, June 5.

In a foreword to the report, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon said: “We have a long way to go to prevent new HIV infections, end discrimination and scale up treatment, care and support.”

He also said: “The number of people becoming infected and dying is decreasing, but the international resources needed to sustain this progress have declined for the first time in 10 years, despite tremendous unmet needs.”



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The UNAIDS report outlined early setbacks followed later by successes in the fight against the disease.

One of the major advances in the battle with the illness has been getting AIDS drugs from richer countries into the poorer areas of the world.

A high-level meeting will be held later this month by the UN General Assembly in New York to assess progress and advances in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The report noted that at the end of last year 6.6 million people across the world in low and middle-income countries had access to treatments for the disease.   

However, the UN had planned for ‘global access’ to HIV/AIDS medication by 2010, a goal which has not yet been met.

UNAIDS claimed in the report that achieving this goal would require a major boost in monetary funds.

Despite a ten-fold increase in available funds for HIV/AIDS prevention in poorer countries between 2001 and 2009, the recent economic crisis has seen western countries, who are the biggest contributors, start to curb their spending.

The report declared that “waning support” had to be rectified and begged middle-income countries to fund their own HIV/AIDS treatments and prevention campaigns.

It also asked that countries that were emerging as ‘developed’ became donors to the cause rather than receivers.

It was on this day in 1981 that US epidemiologists released a report discussing the cases of five homosexuals whose immune systems had been destroyed.

Since then, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has killed 30 million people across the world while 33 million people are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes it. 

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Jun 21, 2021

Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know

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The brand new Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre has opened in Dubai. We take a look at what this smart hospital offers. 

We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital. 

What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah.   It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots. 

Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005,  Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day. 

Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital. 

Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.  

Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our  next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.

"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”

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