The global history of disease

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WHO Warns of Failure in Home Stretch of Polio Eradication
IPS, 13 July 1998. The year 2000 target for total eradication of poliomyelitis will not be met unless sufficient resources are mobilised on a timely basis. A deadly combination of a shortfall in funds and an overdose of complacency. Failure in one country is global failure.
World Disasters Report Gives Cause For Concern
By Neena Bhandari, IPS, 29 June 2000. According to the Red Cross, while natural disasters killed many people last year, many more died from the unchecked spread of AIDS, tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, malaria and diarrhoea, most of which could have been prevented with low-cost community health campaigns. National governments have abandoned their responsibilities for preventive health care, growing urbanisation, climate change and environmental degradation because of debt servicing [The Red Cross does not mention structural adjustment].
Water-Borne Diseases May Kill Millions
AP, Washington Post, 17 August 2002. More people die of diarrheal diseases, such as dysentery, than other water-related diseases, and children are extremely vulnerable to them. The problem is that many people, especially those in developing countries, do not have access to clean water or basic sanitation. NAFTA has encouraged vegetable imports into the US from South America, but no NAFTA funds are dedicated to sanitation. We may be getting vegetables we already have that bring diseases.