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WHO achieved breakthrough in reducing tropical diseases

WHO achieved breakthrough in reducing tropical diseases

The world health organization (WHO) says that a breakthrough has been achieved in reducing the burden of tropical diseases. According to the organization, in 2015 alone, a billion people treated.

“The WHO notes that diseases that have long been in existence, such as sleeping sickness and elefantiase, a halt be called,” says WHO director Margaret Chan. “In the last ten years, millions of people saved from disease and poverty, thanks to one of the most effective collaborations in the modern health care system.”

The report, Integrating neglected tropical diseases in global health and development shows that support from the political, medicijndonaties and improvements in living conditions have helped ensure that health programs have helped ensure that diseases in these countries decreased.

“To tropical diseases, to reduce even further, it is important that there is clean water and good sanitary facilities are available,” says Dirk Engels, director of the department of tropical diseases at the WHO.

According to the organization, are still 2.4 billion people have no access to sanitation facilities like a toilet. Moreover, drink more than 660 million people out of spring water, not purified, such as the surface water.

Sleeping sickness

The Belgian government is going over the next nine years 25.3 million euros in the control of sleeping sickness invest. The fund of Bill and Melinda Gates doubles the amount to the “neglected tropical disease” by 2025, final the world, to help.

This made the Belgian deputy prime minister Alexander De Croo on Wednesday known. According to the world health organization (WHO), there is a risk that 50 million people the deadly disease if not eradicated.

The sleeping sickness is caused by a parasite by the tsetse fly, is transferred. The brain are affected, leading to insomnia and an irreversible coma.

In 2016, were in 13 of the 24 countries where it still exists 3000 new infections reported, of which 85 percent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since the independence of the Belgian ex-colony, in 1960, it flares up the disease for the third time now. “Let’s for once and for all put a point behind the sleeping sickness,” said De Croo.

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