Malaria in Sri Lanka has been dramatically reduced over the past decade. Cases have declined 99.9%, from approximately 265,000 cases in 1999 to just 124 local cases in 2011, according to the Global Health Group (GHG) from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Progress in involving civil society in national TB programmes across the European region is falling short. As 2015 is quickly approaching, the report finds that only one of the eight indicators related to the community aspects of the Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat M/XDR-TB 2011-2015 (MAP) has been met.
The latest report by a UK parliamentary working group highlights some of the advances in reducing deaths and sickness caused by malaria in recent years. The most important of these is that, according to the World Health Organisation, deaths among children in sub-Saharan Africa have fallen by 54% since 2000 and malaria has been eliminated in four countries.
The World Health Organization's Euro Bureau reports that fifteen countries in the Eastern Europe Central Asian region are among the high burden countries for MDR-TB in the world, which leaves only very few of the countries out of that list.
With heightened risks of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, sex workers face substantial barriers in accessing prevention, treatment, and care services, largely because of stigma, discrimination, and criminalisation in the societies in which they live.