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Neglected diseases

A graph a day… 27th June 2024

Life in the tropics is often dangerous. Hot and humid conditions not only directly affect health but are also ideal for pests and diseases. Research is one way in which tropical diseases can be combated.

But, very little investment goes into diseases such as Dengue, Zika, and Chagas, or parasites such as Leishmaniasis or Schistosomiasis, despite their prevalence. Even TB, not limited to tropics, is not given enough attention.

Climate change is likely to spread pests and diseases beyond their current range. Even temperate climate regions might soon find themselves at risk of dengue, Zika, or malaria. We need more ways to prevent and fight the possible outbreaks.