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World Health Assembly To Address Flesh-Eating Disease Mycetoma

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“On May 21, Dr. Ahmed Fahal will fly anxiously from Khartoum, Sudan to Geneva, Switzerland for the annual World Health Assembly. Twice before, he has left the assembly broken-hearted. Representatives from 194 countries gather at the WHA every year to hash out top health priorities around the globe. This year, at the 69th meeting, a slight fraction of time will be devoted to an obscure flesh-eating disease called mycetoma, which burdens the poor in two dozen countries near the equator. The disease has been Fahal’s obsession for 30 years…” (Maxmen, 5/17).

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