Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases programme


Addressing diseases of poverty:

An initiative to reduce the unacceptable burden of neglected tropical diseases in the Asia Pacific region

World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Western Pacific and Asian Development Bank

addressing diseases of poverty

Publication details

Number of pages: 50
Publication date: 2014
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789290616511



The Asia-Pacific region is at the forefront of global economic development. Yet some countries and population groups are being left behind in poverty. One of the factors impeding development is a large burden of communicable diseases, especially in vulnerable populations, which perpetuates the cycle of poverty and poor health. Much of this burden can be attributed to neglected tropical diseases, a group of diseases caused by many different organisms.