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Out of the shadows

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2008
  1. Brian Greenwood, professor of tropical medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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    Brian Greenwood reviews a series of unsensational and scientific films about health in poor countries

    Over the past decade interest in the health problems of the poorest countries of the world has risen remarkably. Topics such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, child survival, and maternal mortality now feature regularly at summits of the leaders of the world’s richest countries. Funds for the control of diseases of poor countries have become available on a scale never seen before.

    An important and often unrecognised factor in this new interest has been the media of wealthy countries. About 10 years ago several major newspapers began publishing articles on diseases of poverty that would not normally have been considered of interest to their usual readers, and this process has accelerated. As someone who has lived through a period of neglect of diseases of the developing …

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