Mass diseases not being fought properly: expert

October 25th, 2011 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonepat (Haryana), Oct 25 (IANS) Diseases that account for 90 percent of the global disease burden receive only 10 percent of all medical research worldwide, an expert said Tuesday.

Pneumonia, diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria, which account for over 20 percent of the global burden of disease, receive less than 1 percent of all public and private funds devoted to health research.

This was stated by Yale University’s Thomas Pogge while delivering the first Arjun K. Sengupta Memorial Lecture at the O.P. Jindal Global University here.

Global institutional reforms are needed to eradicate poverty, he added.

Today human beings were unable to realize their human rights. A third of all human deaths - about 50,000 daily - were due to poverty related causes, easily preventable through better nutrition, safe drinking water, vaccines and medicines, Pogge said.

Pogge added that the more powerful countries, corporations and citizens violated human rights of the global poor.

Jayshree Sengupta and Mitu Sengupta from the late Arjun Sengupta’s family participated in the function.

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