Poverty And Health Adfects In Underdeveloped Countries: Case Study

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Poverty and health infections are inextricably related. The term “diseases of poverty” is used to describe disabilities or diseases that are more prevalent in poor countries than their developed counterparts. It is estimated that 50, 00 people, of which 30,000 are children, die due to poverty-related diseases each day in underdeveloped countries (Stevens, 2008). This is exclusive of other millions of people who die from unpreventable diseases in these countries. Nearly three-quarters of people living in the third world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, fight to survive without clean water or food. In some cases, diseases of poverty are considered to be obstacles to the economic development that would curb poverty. In contrast to diseases of poverty there are diseases of affluence. Affluence diseases are ailments or disabilities that are more prevalent in developed countries. Activists claim that virtually all diseases of poverty in underdeveloped countries are neglected. Many scholars argue that the pharmaceutical industry has not taken any substantial steps in investing and has failed to devote sufficient efforts in research for these diseases. The discussion in this paper expands more on some of the common diseases in low-income countries; also seeks to explore why these diseases are…show more content…
It is projected that nearly 200 million people across the globe are infected with this disease (Stevens, 2008). Notably, the diseases are most prevalent in young people living in underdeveloped countries of Africa. Also, it is specifically targeting poor African American women and poor communities of certain parts of Asia. This is one of the neglected diseases despite it being associated with increased risk for premature deliveries and HIV-infections, which should increase concern. This is an area that does not only call for great attention, but also requires an extensive and thorough

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