Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Infrastructure and disease

Great piece from Alanna Shaikh (on End the Neglect) about the importance of infrastructure in fighting and dealing with diseases like cholera, as well as NTDs
That is not just true for cholera. One of the biggest obstacles to reducing and eliminating NTDs is poor infrastructure, and the poverty that leads to that poor infrastructure. You can’t do mass drug administration if there are no roads to get to people who need the drugs. You can’t eliminate water-borne illnesses if people have no way to get clean water. And you can’t treat patients if there are no buildings to see them in or safe places to keep medical supplies and equipment.

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