A new report released by UNAIDS and WHO shows that since 2001, when the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was signed, the number of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa is approximately 15% lower in 2008. In East Asia HIV incidence has declined by nearly 25% and in South and South East Asia by 10% . In Eastern Europe, after a dramatic increase in new infections among injecting drug users, the epidemic has leveled off considerably. However, in some countries there are signs that HIV incidence is rising again. This demonstrates that global governance and funding can and does make a difference to major health challenges.
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