allAfrica.com: Africa: Researchers Say Global HIV/AIDS Fight Overlooking Role of Tropical Diseases

Walson and his colleagues on the panel noted that many victims of HIV/AIDS also   typically suffer from one or more of about 17 neglected, but burdensome,   tropical diseases often called “diseases of poverty” because they prey on the   “bottom billion”—the world’s poorest people. They include ailments such as   trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease   and onchocerciasis, all of which are either insect-borne disease, bacterial   infections, or caused by parasitic worms.

Despite the illness and deaths attributable to these diseases, proposed US   funding for fighting them was only about $155 million in 2011, or about 3   percent of the $5.6 billion invested in HIV/AIDS efforts. Moreover, the programs   often exist in isolation from one another with, for example, many programs   restricting support only to antiretroviral drugs to treat AIDS.

Yet tropical disease experts note that in places like sub-Saharan Africa, where   neglected diseases affect 1.4 billion people, co-infections with HIV are common.   And they see mounting evidence that dealing with multiple diseases at the same   time and in the same place is more cost-effective and clinically beneficial.

via allAfrica.com: Africa: Researchers Say Global HIV/AIDS Fight Overlooking Role of Tropical Diseases.

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