A deadly overlap between infectious diseases such as AIDS and noncommunicable
diseases and injuries is occurring throughout developing countries, leading
to a "crisis of priorities for health systems already struggling with inadequate
resources," the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its annual report
(available online at http://www.who.int/whr/2003/download/en/).
To respond to such challenges, health care systems must be strengthened,
the agency said. "The most critical issue facing health care systems is the
shortage of people who make them work," the report noted. "It severely constrains
the response to the AIDS treatment emergency and the development of health
systems driven primarily by primary health care, even as AIDS reduces the
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