MDG 6: Combat HIV and AIDS, Malaria and other disease

girls worldwide say "we can stop the spread of AIDS, malaria and other diseases"

Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other disease is the sixth Millennium Development Goal (MDG).

The aim is to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and the number of cases of malaria and other major diseases by 2015.

For more information on this subject, take a look at the World Thinking Day 2009 fact sheets on the GAT section of the WAGGGS website.

Are targets being met?

  • Achieving this goal is hugely important as it is closely linked to achieving MDGs1 (poverty and hunger), (child mortality) and (maternal health).
  • Thanks to improvements in prevention programmes, the number of people newly infected with HIV reduced from 3 million in 2001 to 2.7 million in 2007. Also, with the increase of antiretroviral treatment services, the number of people who die from AIDS has started to decline, from 2.2 million in 2005 to 2 million in 2007. However, largely because newly infected people survive longer, the number of people living with HIV rose from an estimated 29.5 million in 2001 to 33 million in 2007.
  • There has been less progress in treating malaria than in preventing it.
  • Halving the tuberculosis prevalence rate by 2015 is unlikely.

Did you know?

  • In the WAGGGS’ Adolescent Health Global Survey, nearly a quarter of girls surveyed know somebody living with AIDS. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts were asked which of the following issues would be important for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to talk to world leaders. They said: HIV / AIDS – 37 per cent, Adolescent pregnancy – 24 per cent, Sexually transmitted conditions – 22 per cent, Eating disorders – 17 per cent
  • WAGGGS has published the AIDS training toolkit which you can use to train your peers on how to prevent HIV infection and fight stigma and fear.
  • WAGGGS topic for World Thinking day 2009 was fight AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
  • You can earn the WAGGGS AIDS badge. 

Position Statements

WAGGGS has published several position statements on issues that are relevant to girls and young women worldwide. The statements contain information on what WAGGGS has to say about the topic, background facts and case studies. WAGGGS’ Member Organizations can find them on the Members’ Area of WAGGGS’ website or you can request them from


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