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    New UN report claims epidemics not inevitable.

    Mackin L

    Global HealthLink. 2001 Mar-Apr; (108):4, 20.

    A new report jointly issued by six United Nations agencies claims that worsening AIDS, TB and malaria epidemics are not inevitable; the strategies that developing countries have deployed to turn back these diseases and prevent the deaths they cause have been successful. The targets for reducing the toll of these illnesses, set by the world’s leaders at successive summits over the last year, are feasible. What is needed are the funds and systems that will enable widespread implementation of actions that have shown to be effective, the report says. In a joint report issued in December – “Health, a Key to Prosperity: Success Stories in Developing Countries” – the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Joint Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank outline key factors for combating AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, childhood diseases and maternal and perinatal conditions, even in resource-poor settings. (excerpt)
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