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Dual-Disease Initiatives Have Built-In Efficiencies

Devex: Are double-disease initiatives global health’s low hanging fruit?
“…If all goes well, battling pneumonia and diarrhea together [through a UNICEF vaccination program] will not only reduce the mortality rate of the two diseases — but hopefully of five, six, or even 10 other diseases. The structure is similar to that of other dual-disease initiatives, whose tumble-down effect often saves lives of patients who contract curable illnesses while battling incurable or chronic ones. … While tackling two of the world’s leading killers at once sounds like an unfair fight, certain disease pairs have similar causes and preventatives, so medical professionals can use similar techniques and resources to combat them…” (Anders, 11/7).

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