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Lobbying efforts over the next several years failed due to growing sectionalism in Congress, but the idea remained a potent one.
Ina young engineer named Theodore Judah identified the infamous Donner Pass in northern California where a group of westward emigrants had become trapped in as an ideal location for constructing a railroad through the formidable Sierra Nevada mountains.
He then headed to Washingtonwhere he was able to convince congressional leaders as well as President Abraham Lincolnwho signed the Pacific Railroad Act into law the following year. From the beginning, then, the building of the transcontinental railroad was set up in terms of a competition between the two companies.
All were ambitious businessmen with no prior experience with railroads, engineering or construction.
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They borrowed heavily to finance the project, and exploited legal loopholes to get the most possible funds from the government for their planned track construction. Disillusioned with his partners, Judah planned to recruit new investors to buy them out, but he caught yellow fever while crossing the Isthmus of Panama on his way east and died in Novembersoon after the Central Pacific had spiked its first rails to ties in Sacramento.
Meanwhile, in Omaha, Dr. Thomas Durant had illegally achieved a controlling interest in the Union Pacific Railroad Company, giving him complete authority over the project. Though the Union Pacific celebrated its own launch in early Decemberlittle would be completed until the end of the Civil War in Still, the Union Pacific moved relatively quickly across the plains, compared to the slow progress of their rival company through the Sierra.
Eastern and southern Africa, western and central Europe and North America and Latin America are on track to reach the 90—90—90 targets by The Caribbean and Asia and the Pacific can also reach the 90—90—90 targets if programmes are further accelerated. The most significant impact of 90—90—90 scale-up has been in reducing AIDS-related deaths, which have been reduced by almost half in the past 10 years. As a result, life expectancy has increased significantly in the most affected countries.
In eastern and southern Africa, life expectancy increased by nearly 10 years from to There are exceptions within these regions showing that when concerted efforts are made, results happen.
Globally, progress has been significant, but there is still more work to do. New HIV infections among children globally have halved, from [ — ] in to [ — ] in New HIV infections are declining, but not fast enough The report also shows that, globally, new HIV infections are declining, but not at the pace needed to meet global targets.
Declines were estimated in 69 countries, in the majority of which treatment scale-up has been implemented alongside an increase in the availability of combination HIV prevention services and in some countries condom use. UNAIDS is championing an initiative recently backed by the African Union to recruit and train 2 million community health workers in Africa to further bolster the capacity of health systems to deliver health-care services across the region.
Ending AIDS also reveals that as many as two thirds of children under two years old are diagnosed late and start treatment with advanced immunodeficiency, resulting in a high mortality rate for children of this age group.
More action is needed to diagnose and treat children living with HIV.