Addressing Communicable Disease Epidemics In Developing World

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The growing burden of communicable diseases such as dengue fever, polio, or meningitis is not being sufficiently addressed in developing countries, according to "The Epidemic Divide," a report released Monday by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The report said a focus on death rates has helped increase attention and resources to fight non-communicable diseases, including heart attacks and cancers, which are the leading killers worldwide.


However in the developing world, preventable infectious disease is the dominant threat and societies in developing countries suffer from the debilitating impact of illness on their development, as well as the significant mortality rates.

According to the report, complacency towards existing epidemics is a major threat in itself.

To remedy the situation, the report calls for more resources, immunization, community prevention programs, increased accessibility to health services, clean water and sanitation in developing nations.