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WHO Promotes WASH As Strategy To Prevent NTDs

News outlets report on the WHO’s new global strategy to prevent neglected tropical diseases through improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Reuters: WHO promotes water, sanitation to battle neglected tropical diseases
“Water, sanitation, and hygiene are part of a new World Health Organization strategy to fight neglected tropical diseases which afflict more than 1.5 billion people, the WHO said on Thursday. Those suffering from the 17 diseases, such as intestinal worms, river blindness, leprosy, and sleeping sickness include many of the poorest people in the world…” (Mis, 8/27).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency unveils sanitation and hygiene plan towards eradicating tropical diseases by 2020
“…Besides advocating for basic water, sanitation, and hygiene, WHO uses four other key interventions in overcoming the global burden of the neglected tropical diseases. The four strategies are: preventive chemotherapy, innovative and intensified disease management, vector control, and veterinary public health services…” (8/27).

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