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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000393048.25451.89
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2010 Win–Loss Scoreboard

Section Editor(s): Pfeifer, Gail M. MA, RN

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Abstract

Editor's note: AJN begins news coverage in 2011 with an eye toward health care goals and the roles nurses will play in achieving them. For a perspective on what progress has been made so far, and what remains to be achieved, here is a sampling of some of the global wins and losses seen in 2010.

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HIV and AIDS

Wins:

* Global condom use among men doubled over the past five years.

* In 2008 there were 200,000 fewer AIDS-related deaths than in 2004.

* A vaginal microbicide gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir used during intercourse showed promise in giving women a prevention tool they can control.

Losses:

* An estimated 42,000 preventable deaths from HIV occurred in pregnant women.

Source: UNAIDS report, MDG6: Six Things You Need to Know About the AIDS Response Today (http://bit.ly/9M3gCx)

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Cholera

Wins:

* As many as 80% of cholera cases can be treated with oral rehydration salts.

Losses:

* As we went to press, cholera (which is a preventable disease) had killed more than 700 in Haiti and more than 1,800 in central Africa in 2010.

Sources: World Health Organization, cholera fact sheet (http://bit.ly/cQ7oY0) and Global Alert and Response: Cholera in Central Africa (http://bit.ly/ancmoJ); Pan American Health Organization updates (http://bit.ly/1afJjr)

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Malaria

Wins:

* Prevention projects (insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying) save an estimated 485 children from malarial death every day.

Losses:

* Malaria prevention programs in several African countries are lacking as much as 90% of the funding they need for full implementation.

Source: Roll Back Malaria Progress and Impact Series, Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals (http://bit.ly/cHheFW)

(For more on goals and progress toward malaria elimination, see the Lancet's series on the topic at http://bit.ly/aTg1FO)

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Polio

Wins:

* Fifteen African countries launched a synchronized campaign to eradicate polio by immunizing 72 million children.

Losses:

* Polio remains endemic in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Source: World Health Organization, Africa Seizes Chance Against Polio (http://bit.ly/bnlHVO)

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Colorectal Cancer

Wins:

* The incidence of colorectal cancer declined over the past 20 years, which is attributed to increased screening that facilitates the detection and removal of precancerous polyps.

Losses:

* An estimated 51,370 deaths from colorectal cancer occurred in 2010, accounting for 9% of all cancer deaths in the United States.

Source: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts and Figures 2010 (http://bit.ly/cXBFdn)

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