January 2007

UNICEF: 1,000 under 15 get HIV each day
Wed Jan 17, 9:31 AM ET
Despite progress in preventing HIV transmission from pregnant mothers to their babies, more than 1,000 children around the world were infected with the disease each day in 2006, according to a U.N. report.

Some sub-Saharan African countries — such as Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and Rwanda — greatly increased access to treatment for vulnerable mothers between 2004 and 2005, said the report issued Tuesday by the New York-based U.N. children’s fund.

But worldwide, 410,000 to 660,000 children under the age of 15 were infected with the disease last year — mostly during or immediately after birth — the report said. Half of them will die of AIDS-related diseases within two years if they do not receive appropriate medical treatment.

Only seven countries are on track to meet the target of providing access to treatment for 80 percent of women in need by 2010, UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick said. These countries are Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Jamaica, Russia, Thailand and Ukraine.

Overall, only 9 percent of HIV-infected pregnant women in middle- to low-income countries were receiving anti-retroviral drugs to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission, the report said.

UNICEF said early diagnosis and treatment with cost-effective drugs were crucial to achieving a turnaround in the AIDS epidemic, which claims about 2.9 million lives worldwide each year, including some 380,000 children.


It’s Kim’s birthday today!! WOOHOO!!!

Explore my artistic side. I want to paint, draw, write, maybe even sing! Ok, that last one might be crazy talk but I do want to express myself more freely through the arts.

Encourage people. I don’t do it enough and we all need more of it.

Fill my journal by January 2008. What I mean by that is I want my life to be full of new things this year. New friends. New thoughts. Boldness. Risks. I need to come out of my introverted cave and explore life a bit more (even if it might be by myself or only with a couple friends) 🙂

Write friends via snail mail. I am terrible at doing this but having experience on the receiving end of this one, I know what a blessing it is to get hand written letters from friends (Thanks Kate!) 🙂

Travel. Firstly, save money in order to travel. Anyone up for some road trips? Deb, I know you’re game for Portland. Where are some good places to travel? Any ideas?

Those are a few of my New Years resolutions. What are some of yours?

Tonight’s events included:

Arm wrestling
Interpretive dancing
Lots and lots of laughing

My friends are hilarious. Thanks Chap and Kim. You make life more fun.