The United Nations announced that “record-breaking” progress has been made in controlling tropical diseases, which cause disfiguration, blindness, and various disabilities, especially among people in impoverished areas around the world.
According to the UN World Health Organization, approximately 2.4 billion people still lack access to basic health facilities, and more than 660 million people lack access to clean water. These alone cause people to become more susceptible to diseases, in addition to minimal medical services.
WHO’s report, Integrating Tropical Diseases into Global Health and Development, indicates improvements in living conditions, medical supplies, and political support have allowed disease control programs to expand in countries that need it most. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization, said, “[We have] observed record-breaking progress towards bringing ancient scourges like sleeping sickness and elephantiasis to their knees.”
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