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
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