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Extreme hydrometeorological events, such as tropical storms, floods and droughts, can impact the timing and intensity of outbreaks of mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika. This is because the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for the transmission of these diseases, thrives in warm and humid conditions, with rainfall increasing the number of outdoor breeding sites.
The Guttmacher Institute estimates more than 50,000 induced abortions occurred in Senegal in 2012, the vast majority of which were clandestine and unsafe. So why are Senegalese women missing their family planning appointments?
However, it’s also important to remember the progress that has been made in tackling HIV/AIDS since 2000. The annual number of global deaths due to AIDS-related illnesses among people living with HIV has declined by around 50% from 2004 to 2017, mainly due to scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART). This drastic decline has been mainly due to progress in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in eastern and southern Africa where about 66% of people living with HIV were accessing ART in 2017, and more than 80% were aware of their HIV status.
Within the new NHS Long Term Plan, a response to the £20.5 billion funding allocation to NHS England over the next five years, sits the new cancer strategy announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in October.

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