WHO urges billions to fight neglected tropical diseases

February 19, 2015 7:40 AM

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WHO urges billions to fight neglected tropical diseases

Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization on Thursday urged countries to invest billions of dollars to tackle 17 neglected tropical diseases -- including dengue fever, leprosy and sleeping sickness -- which kill 500,000 people globally each year.

WHO said some 1.5 billion people across 149 countries are affected by the diseases, insisting additional investments would save lives, prevent disability, end suffering and improve productivity.

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