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Medical News and Perspectives
October 5, 2005

Efforts to Meet World Health Goals Lag

JAMA. 2005;294(13):1600-1603. doi:10.1001/jama.294.13.1600

If nations do not step up cooperative efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and improve the health and welfare of the world’s poorest, large numbers of people will continue to die from mostly preventable diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

At an August 21 press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHO called for more rapid development of local, national, and regional health systems to combat high death rates from preventable diseases and conditions in developing countries. Each year, there are about 1 million avoidable deaths from malaria, more than half a million during pregnancy and childbirth, and 3 million from HIV/AIDS. Nearly 11 million children younger than 5 years die of preventable conditions.

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