Global Health - Who Can Lead?: Dire Disease

Global health is in a dire state. Annually, almost ten million children die before the age of five. The top four childkillers are diarrhoeal disease, malaria, malnutrition, and upper respiratory infection. In the next 24 hours diarrhoea, caused by unclean water and poor sanitation, will claim the lives of four thousand children. Two and a half billion people still have no access to even the most rudimentary latrine. More than one billion have no source of drinking water. It only costs $1 to vaccine against measles, yet one child dies of the disease every minute in Africa. Measles infects thirty to forty million children each year and kills over 410,000. Who is leading globally to address these problems?

The World Today Published 1 February 2009 Updated 14 October 2020 3 minute READ

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