Focus on neglected tropical diseases to take people out of poverty, says WHO

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 18 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5855
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

More emphasis on the detection, prevention, and treatment of neglected tropical diseases can help to break “a cycle of infection, disability, and lost opportunities that keep people in poverty,” said the director of the World Health Organization at the launch of its first report on the issue.

“Together these diseases blind, maim, disfigure, disable, and otherwise impair the lives of an estimated 1.2 billion people,” said Margaret Chan. “Less visibly, they damage internal organs, cause anaemia, retard the growth of children, impair cognitive development, and compromise pregnancy outcomes.”

The report provides information and strategies concerning 17 …

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