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PlusNews Weekly Issue 248, 26 August 2005

1. Online Auction to Benefit YouthAIDS

The popular US-based department store, Macy's, is currently hosting its first-ever celebrity fashion auction.

The charity auction will benefit YouthAIDS, the global initiative that raises awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and education in high-risk youth.

Denim divas of all ages will be able to begin bidding on eBay, "The World's Online Marketplace", for 21 one-of-a-kind women's and men's jeans, denim jackets and accessories designed by today's hottest celebrities and fashion designers, including Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, Donna Karan, and Kenneth Cole.

Bidding closes on 31 August, with 90 percent of the proceeds raised being donated to YouthAIDS.

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2. WHO assessment of the UN Millennium Development Goals

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released its first-ever assessment of how countries are faring in terms of meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals for HIV/AIDS, child mortality and maternal health.

Titled 'Health in the Millennium Development Goals', the report warned that most developing nations would not meet the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.

The document said that without rapid movement to establish health systems, large numbers of people would continue to die every year from mostly preventable diseases.

Deaths included almost 11 million children under five, about one million people succumbing to malaria and more than 500,000 women passing away during pregnancy and childbirth. The AIDS pandemic claimed three million lives each year.

Access the complete report: pdf Format




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AFRICA: Beyond ABC - The challenge of prevention


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