IRIN PlusNews HIV/AIDS News and information service | Southern Africa | AFRICA: Equal attention demanded for "neglected" diseases | Care Treatment, Prevention Research, Other | Daily
Sunday 12 February 2006
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews


East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
·South Africa
West Africa
RSS - News Briefs


PlusNews E-mail Subscription

AFRICA: Equal attention demanded for "neglected" diseases

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 11 October (PLUSNEWS) - Three leading medical specialists warned on Monday that HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria are diverting resources from other easily treated diseases that have a greater impact on healthcare and economic development in Africa.

In a paper published in the online health journal, PLoS Medicine, the experts called for the launch of a "small cost, huge impact" public health programme in sub-Saharan Africa, where diseases such as river blindness and elephantiasis are also common.

The UK's Financial Times quoted Prof Alan Fenwick, of the Imperial College, London, as saying, "We are not saying, 'give less to [AIDS, TB and malaria]', but 'let's have a better balance'."

Fenwick stressed that treatment of some of the "neglected" diseases, which affect more than 750 million people and kill at least 500,000 every year, would also help reduce the risks of contracting malaria and TB.



Recent AFRICA Reports
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 270, 10 February 2006,  10/Feb/06
Year in Review 2005 - Uneven progress in treatment provision,  3/Feb/06
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 269, 3 February 2006,  3/Feb/06
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 268, 27 January 2006,  27/Jan/06
Concern as MSF starts handover of HIV/AIDS treatment,  24/Jan/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.

[Back] [Home Page]

Click here to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about PlusNews Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to Webmaster

Copyright © IRIN 2006
The material contained on comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian news and information service, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
All PlusNews material may be reposted or reprinted free-of-charge; refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use. IRIN is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.