The Blue Marble

Most of the world’s neglected tropical diseases, including dengue, leishmaniasis, leprosy, Chagas disease, and parasitic worm infections, can be found in some of the world’s wealthiest countries, as well as Nigeria, according to a new report that examines “blue marble health.”
 
The term, which emerged as part of the global health lexicon in 2013, refers to an iconic photograph of planet earth taken by astronauts on an Apollo mission. 
 
Authors of the study in PLoS argue that the findings are a catalyst for blue marble health countries to enact policies, such as mass drug administration, to combat the NTDS, and commit more funding to NTD research.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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