“Asia is second only to sub-Saharan Africa as the region with the greatest number of
people with HIV; and, malaria is endemic, with children comprising of 85 percent of the deaths from malaria.” – Clinton Foundation. Asia-Pacific.
Asia and the Pacific are home to some of the oldest countries in the world. They’re also home to some of the least healthy nations. Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region face the same challenges as developing nations in Africa. The pediatric population, in particular, faces HIV and infant deaths.
According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, more than 33 million people currently have HIV. Of those, 4.8 billion live in Asia and the Pacific, according to the HIV and AIDS Data Hub. That’s 959 new infections every day. Many of these infections affect children because the prevention of mother-to-child transmission coverage is only at 30%.
About one-third of women in South Asia use modern contraceptives, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The two-thirds of women who do not use modern contraceptives are at high risk for unintended pregnancies. Unintended pregnancies often result in infant deaths and maternal mortality.
Orbis Biosciences® can lower the death rate from HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancies through Precision Particle FabricationTM technology. We have developed a taste-masked form of ritonavir, an antiretroviral therapy, which can improve compliance in pediatric HIV/AIDS. With our technology, we are developing long-acting injectable contraceptives, which can lower infant and maternal mortality caused by unintended pregnancy.
Orbis’s Precision Particle Fabrication technology can lower death rates in the Asia-Pacific region and improve health in the poor countries there. With help from businesses like Orbis, this portion of the globe will once again be famous for its rich history.