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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    Diseases Said Biggest World Disaster Minneapolis Star Tribune Online (www2.startribune.com) (06/28/00); Leeman, Sue A new report by the International
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 28, 2000
      "Diseases Said Biggest World Disaster"
      Minneapolis Star Tribune Online (www2.startribune.com)
      (06/28/00); Leeman, Sue

      A new report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red
      Crescent Societies indicates there were 13 million deaths from
      preventable diseases in 1999. Increased public health services
      could stop the number of deaths, as 160 times more people died
      from AIDS, malaria, respiratory diseases, and diarrhea last year
      than from natural disasters like earthquakes and cyclones. The
      report noted the catastrophic effects of AIDS, which is now
      taking the lives of 300 people an hour worldwide. According to
      the report, health funding for developing nations from the
      Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development fell to its
      lowest level in seven years, and public spending on health in
      poor nations averages only about 1 percent of gross domestic
      product. Less spending on health worldwide has led to the
      resurgence of once-controlled diseases like malaria and
      tuberculosis. The report called for behavioral changes and
      increased vaccinations against preventable diseases.
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