Global Challenge Lab: Deep-Dive into Communicable Diseases

Thursday 15 July, 12pm – 12.45pm BST
What are the most common communicable or infectious diseases in developing countries, and how can innovation play its part?
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What are the most common communicable or infectious diseases in developing countries, and how can innovation play its part?

About this event

This deep dive focuses on the most common communicable or infectious diseases in developing countries and an overview of opportunities available to combat these diseases for these countries. With malnutrition as a common contributor, the five biggest infectious killers in the world are acute respiratory infections, HIV, diarrhoea, malaria and tuberculosis, responsible for nearly 80% of the total infectious disease burden and claiming about 12 million people per year mainly in developing countries. The adequate treatment for communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is beyond the capacity of most developing countries. Service cancellations alone lead to 100% increase in malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

Poverty, poor education, low health knowledge, poor infrastructure, geographic factors, lifestyle, and environmental factors (i.e., limited access to resources such as clean water) have been identified as primary factors contributing to the high incidence of infectious diseases in developing countries.

Join us as we explore this topic in more detail. Speaker to be announced soon!

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