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Concerted Effort Imperative For Elimination Of Tropical Diseases: WHO

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Experts feel that these ‘neglected’ tropical diseases are poverty-related and primarily affect the poor and vulnerable groups like women, children and the most marginalized of populations.

Each of the identified diseases is amenable to safe, simple and cost-effective interventions, which are operationally feasible to implement. The endemic countries also have the required infrastructure and human resources to deliver necessary interventions and have national programmes for each of the diseases.

However, they have generally been neglected because of inadequate policy support, non-priority accorded in research and development and ineffective implementation of available interventions in coverage and quality, and thus additional support and resources are needed. WHO has developed strategies for each of the diseases.
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