Neglected Diseases

Neglected diseases primarily affect populations living in poverty, particularly in rural areas, in developing countries. Neglected diseases are more likely to occur where there is violation of fundamental freedoms, such as nondiscrimination and equality, and of human rights. These diseases also result when human rights, including the rights to education, health, and housing, are not guaranteed. Thus, neglected diseases are both a consequence and a cause of human rights violations and they increase the vulnerability of communities and individuals. The population affected by neglected diseases is vulnerable to violations of their human rights, such as the rights to life, health, education, work, privacy, to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and nondiscrimination. These violations have significant implications for the global fight against these diseases. Until ...

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