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Medical News & Perspectives
January 17, 2001

UN Touts World Health Success Stories

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JAMA. 2001;285(3):283. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.283-JMN0117-3-1

Washington—In an effort to combat the perception that developing world health problems are incurable, the United Nations (UN) in December released a report detailing 20 infectious disease and reproductive health success stories from around the globe.

The stories are "evidence that this vicious cycle of poverty and ill-health can be broken, even in some of the world's poorest countries," writes Carol Bellamy, JD, executive director of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), in her introduction to Health, A Key to Prosperity. UNICEF is one of six UN agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, and the UN Population Fund, that coauthored the report.

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