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Neglected Infectious Diseases Integrated Approach

Neglected ('forgotten') diseases are a set of infectious diseases, many of them parasitic, that primarily affect the most vulnerable populations: the poorest of the poor, the most marginalized, and those with the least access to health services, especially impoverished people living in remote rural areas and urban shantytowns. Dealing with these poverty-related diseases need a more integrated and multi-disease approach, one requiring multisectoral action, piggy-backed initiatives, and cost-effective interventions to reduce their negative impact on the health and social and economic well-being of all people in the Americas. 

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Growing up without parasites

Intestinal parasites are a threat to child growth and development. They cause malnutrition, anemia and other illnesses that lead to absenteeism and poor performance in school. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 46 million children are at risk. Watch this video to learn more about parasites from three students who received preventive treatment as part of a campaign carried out by the Honduran government with support from PAHO/WHO and Canada.

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Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department
Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases Unit
Neglected Infectious Diseases Program

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