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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2008;1136:64-9. doi: 10.1196/annals.1425.033.

Intersectoral approaches to neglected diseases.

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  • Communicable Diseases Unit, Area of Health Surveillance and Disease Management, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Washington, DC, USA. aultstev@paho.org


The neglected diseases are a diverse group of communicable diseases that affect principally the world's poorest people. They are linked to poverty, as both a cause and a consequence of same, and affect community security and family productivity. The neglected diseases cause acute and chronic illness, disability, and sometimes death, and they may carry stigma for those infected. Current interventions for neglected diseases emphasize the health sector, but to achieve sustainability and simultaneously combat poverty, an intersectoral approach to their prevention and control is needed. This chapter outlines some concepts for an intersectoral approach, including interventions from the nutrition and food security, education, and environmental sectors.

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