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UNITED AGAINST HIV/AIDS

Approximately 1.1% of the adult population in Suriname is living with HIV, and AIDS is the sixth cause of death in the country. The United Nations is supporting the Government in preventing the spread of the virus and assisting people living with HIV. PAHO/WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP are working together to provide a multi-sectoral response to the HIV epidemic.

Rachel Eersel, Paula Hidalgo-Sanchís, Ingrid Caffe, Claudine Hammen and Ksenia Glebova, from PAHO, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF respectively, under the leadership of Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO representative, are the members of the UN group that focuses its attention on HIV/AIDS related issues. Through this group, the UN supports the national response to the spread of the virus, focusing its attention on the following key strategic areas: eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV, supporting NGOs that work with the most at risk populations, raising awareness of HIV, and reducing the stigma and the discrimination of the people living with the virus.

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Dengue


Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses. It occurs in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. Symptoms appear 3—14 days after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults. Symptoms range from a mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There are no specific antiviral medicines for dengue. It is important to maintain hydration. Use of acetylsalicylic acid (e.g. aspirin) and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen) is not recommended.

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Dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever

KEY FACTS

  • Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that causes a severe flu-like illness, and sometimes a potentially lethal complication called dengue haemorrhagic fever.
  • Global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades.
  • About two fifths of the world's population is now at risk.
  • Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.
  • Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian countries.
  • There is no specific treatment for dengue, but appropriate medical care frequently saves the lives of patients with the more serious dengue haemorrhagic fever.
  • The only way to prevent dengue virus transmission is to combat the disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that in recent decades has become a major international public health concern. Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, predominantly in urban and semi-urban areas.

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