How Conflict Undermines Progress on Neglected Diseases

The mutual reinforcement of violent conflict and neglected diseases stands to undermine progress toward the goals laid out by the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs, found researchers who quantified these overlapping health determinants. 

The global partnership seeks to control, eliminate, or eradicate 10 NTDs by 2020, including Guinea worm disease, leprosy and trachoma. For 4 of the target diseases, conflict nations made up the top 3 highest-prevalence countries, the study found. The legacy of past conflict still plays a role in countries like Liberia and Angola, noted the researchers, who called for a high-level summit on the toll of NTDs in conflict situations.

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