Tropical diseases are dependent on certain tropical and subtropical regions of the world which are described by special weather conditions. As they lack a cold season, the climate is encouraging the activity of viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Nonetheless, the World Health Organization has recently boasted over major victories against such a health enemy over the past few years. On the other, there is still much to be done to win the entire war not just several battles.
The 2012 London Meeting Decided Treatment Plans against Ten Neglected Tropical Diseases
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation played an important role during a key London meeting back in 2012. This event issued major health goals to attain by the year of 2020. This pledge was created as a way to fight back on ten neglected tropical diseases. Some of them are river blindness, guinea worm, and trachoma. One of these conditions is enough to leave behind it almost 170,000 deaths on an annual basis. However, the most concerning issue is that those who fight them are losing precious time due to disabilities.
Since this important London meeting, the World Health Organization recorded lots of improvements. Many companies handed seven billion treatments free of charge since 2012. Moreover, in 2015, there were already one billion people who received treatment for several tropical diseases.
The UK Government Promised to Double Its Financial Support for this Fight
Bill Gates is optimistic about the goals that need to be fulfilled by 2020. He himself noticed that these tropical diseases ceased from spreading any further due to the attention they receive. For instance, the cases of people infected with lymphatic filariasis that is borne by mosquitoes have diminished from a total of 1.5 billion to one billion. Moreover, the guinea worm managed to infect only 25 persons last year. There are also big chances that there isn’t going to be any relapse with these diseases.
Five of the appointed ten neglected tropical diseases have special programs that mitigate all aspects of the treating mission. As such, they are in charge of distributing drugs, coordinating the deliverance and evaluation of the treatments as efficiently as possible.
The good news was delivered by Mr. Gates during a recent meeting in Geneva. This event was organized as a charity work that managed to raise $812 million in funds. The investors were charitable organizations as well as drug companies and governments. For instance, the UK government is one of the most active parties in this mobilization. Its spokespersons announced over the weekend that they are going to double their financial aid against tropical diseases.
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