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Tropical Diseases: The New Plague of Poverty

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Extreme poverty in the United States is giving rise to a group of infections known as the neglected tropical diseases, which we ordinarily think of as confined to developing countries.

 

Poor Americans are more likely to contract tropical diseases such as Chagas disease and dengue fever.  Question to ponder: what geographic factors (physical and human) lead poor people in the United States to be more heavily impacted by the spread to these diseases?


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I see that Americans living in poverty are more prone to contracting diseases for instance dengue fever, parasitic infections, and many other unknown tropical diseases. Most of the diseases are related to infections from insects and bugs. I think compared to in developing countries, these diseases are more common in poorer places because the climate is warmer in the south and people live in poor housing and cannot afford expensive facilities. Worst of all, the diseases can increase the level of poverty by the affecting the development of children. I wonder what factors lead people living in poverty to be more heavily impacted by the spread to these diseases.

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Kimberly Hordern's comment, April 25, 2013 6:23 PM
I think it is absurd that the pharmaceutical companies don't see it beneficial enough to produce the vaccines necessary to prevent outbreaks of the potentially harmful diseases. These people may be low-income, but they are still humans and there is no barrier stopping the spreading to middle-class higher income families.
Brianna Simao's comment, April 30, 2013 10:23 PM
With the level of development in the United States and the amount of technology there is, it is a little surprising to see such a large number of people living in poverty, but at the same time it is almost expected. Minorities make up the bulk of those living in poverty, which are the biggest targets for these rapidly spreading diseases. Since these people unfortunately receive a below average salary, if any at all, they don’t get the proper health care needed and their symptoms are often overlooked or neglected. They are basically prone to get infected because either their health care provider does not have the knowledge to diagnose and treat these diseases before they spread or the patient does not have the money to pay for treatment and vaccines. These prolonged and chronic diseases are what cause them to stay in the financial situations they are in. Helping these people get better healthcare and providing the doctors with the education needed for these diseases would definitely help. I do find it absurd that some pharmacists believe it is unnecessary to make vaccines when this could easily be passed down from a pregnant woman to her offspring, creating another generation of health disasters.
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Poverty in Asia

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Poverty in Asia on Japan, South Korea, China, India and Cambodia, and poverty in South Asia (World Poverty | Poverty in Asia: a look at causes and solutions http://t.co/NRpYp7K7)...

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Asia not only holds the majority of the population in the world, but also the majority of the poorest people. In some countries in Asia like India, there is a big population but there is a limited land space. Therefore, the rich people will have priority to enjoy life but the poorer people will have to live in the squatters and pick garbage for a living. Basic needs like education, medicine, clean water and sanitation would not be enough for the people living in poverty. If this goes on, there might be generations of people living in poverty and discrimination. Governments should not encourage the caste system and distribute land use fairly.

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Cassandra Woo's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:35 PM

Almost two thirds of the world's population lives in Asia. Some 4 billion people are scattered throughout rural areas or crowded into towns and cities, Poverty is basically a rural problem in Asia: Despite wide-ranging diversities in the region, many poor rural people in Asia share a number of economic, demographic and social characteristics, the most common of which is landlessness or limited access to land. Poor rural households tend to have larger families, less education and higher underemployment. They also lack basic amenities such as a safe water supply, sanitation and electricity. Their access to credit, equipment and technology is severely limited. Other constraints, including the lack of market information, business and negotiating experience and collective organizations deprive them of the power to compete on equal terms in the marketplace.
Most of Southern Asia has been left behind in the overall economic upturn in Asia. Although poverty declined by one third, the incidence of poverty, in terms of the percentage of the population living below the government poverty line, is higher in Southern Asia than in any other region in the world. Southern Asia continues to have strong gender inequalities, and women continue to suffer severe social deprivation.

Tan Yong Ann's curator insight, February 3, 2013 3:20 AM

Poverty in Asia is due to overpopulation, education, medicine, water, land ownership and etc. Although some countries have improved in their conditions like china, many countries are still poor and their government is still not doing anything. The country's goernment should at least let them have little education to start out and then slowly improve education so the country would not be a victim of poverty.

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KENYA: Severe drought, high food prices hit pastoralists

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Successive poor rains coupled with rising food and fuel prices are leading to a worsening food security situation with alarming levels of acute malnutrition being recorded in drought affected parts of Kenya, mainly in the north of the country, say... www.kenyaaid.org Follow @ShirazVisinko


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A severe drought has affected mostly the northern part of Kenya, and with food prices escalating, people are suffering from the lack of food and nutrition. The chief of nutrition at UNICEF said that aside from the high food prices, the problem of insecurity too also caused a lot of displacement for example livestock raids. As a person in Kenya affected by the drought and high food prices, I would feel insecure. With the lack of nutrition, my health would deteriorate and it would be a burden to the limited healthcare services with low human resources. In these countries which are not so developed, a weather event might just change many people's lives. We should feel fortunate that we do not have to endure such unpredictable happenings.

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Failing before school: the gap between children in high and low income families has led to a dangerous disadvantage with those in poorer families more likely to suffer from serious social and emoti...

Failing before school: the gap between children in high and low income families has led to a dangerous disadvantage with those in poorer families more likely to suffer from serious social and emoti... | Poverty Assignment_Leong Wing Sie | Scoop.it

The clear links between early child development and later adult outcomes do not bode well for children of the poorest families, who, as new research has shown, are much more likely to exhibit clinically relevant social and emotional problems than their wealthier peers, writes Yvonne Kelly.


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 In Britain, a study shown that children living in low income families have more disadvantages than children living in high income families. The children from the latter tend to have less verbal skills, self development skills, and more socio-emotional problems, even before they enter school. That is because in high income families the home environment is much more conducive. Parents are more concerned on influences like reading which help to build a child's character. A child from a low income family would feel depressed as he/she feel discriminated in terms of skills and wealth. Overall, children at a young age will be exposed to the social effects of poverty.

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Yansheng Xu's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:35 AM

OfAmericanchildren with the highesttest scoresineighthgrade, only 29% of those fromlow-incomefamilies ended upgoing tocollege, comparedwith 74% of those from high-incomefamilies.Children from higher-incomefamiliesenjoy an advantageincompeting for the top slots.Young people with highest-income families seem happier with life overall and middle income kids feel the most financialpressure.

Wei Quan's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:30 AM

From what I can see from the article poverty has cause education to be
unfair. This has also affected their social health to as the poorer children had to cope with peer pressure too.
I think that this is happening not only in a country but all including Singapore and could not be solve so easily. This problem will turn out to be even bigger if we do not try to contain it properly.
After i have read the article, I had been wondering why is this happening more and more when technology advances.

Brandon Gopilan's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:57 AM

I have seen and read about the poverty that rules the people , it is not discriminating at all, be it child or adult. But the children, from what I can see, they do not even go to school due to the poverty that they are forced to live with. After reading this article, I have seen that even in education, poverty still follows the children and bring them down in their studies. And I have ;earned that for the minds of the 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds, they need a conducive learning environment and such, or else they won't develop. From this article, I have 2 questions in mind. First being "How much endurance can these people take in their impoverished states?" and "Do people ,when educated, rise from poverty?"

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Tropical Diseases: The New Plague of Poverty

Tropical Diseases: The New Plague of Poverty | Poverty Assignment_Leong Wing Sie | Scoop.it
Extreme poverty in the United States is giving rise to a group of infections known as the neglected tropical diseases, which we ordinarily think of as confined to developing countries.

 

Poor Americans are more likely to contract tropical diseases such as Chagas disease and dengue fever.  Question to ponder: what geographic factors (physical and human) lead poor people in the United States to be more heavily impacted by the spread to these diseases?


Via Seth Dixon
wingsie's insight:

I see that Americans living in poverty are more prone to contracting diseases for instance dengue fever, parasitic infections, and many other unknown tropical diseases. Most of the diseases are related to infections from insects and bugs. I think compared to in developing countries, these diseases are more common in poorer places because the climate is warmer in the south and people live in poor housing and cannot afford expensive facilities. Worst of all, the diseases can increase the level of poverty by the affecting the development of children. I wonder what factors lead people living in poverty to be more heavily impacted by the spread to these diseases.

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Kimberly Hordern's comment, April 25, 2013 6:23 PM
I think it is absurd that the pharmaceutical companies don't see it beneficial enough to produce the vaccines necessary to prevent outbreaks of the potentially harmful diseases. These people may be low-income, but they are still humans and there is no barrier stopping the spreading to middle-class higher income families.
Brianna Simao's comment, April 30, 2013 10:23 PM
With the level of development in the United States and the amount of technology there is, it is a little surprising to see such a large number of people living in poverty, but at the same time it is almost expected. Minorities make up the bulk of those living in poverty, which are the biggest targets for these rapidly spreading diseases. Since these people unfortunately receive a below average salary, if any at all, they don’t get the proper health care needed and their symptoms are often overlooked or neglected. They are basically prone to get infected because either their health care provider does not have the knowledge to diagnose and treat these diseases before they spread or the patient does not have the money to pay for treatment and vaccines. These prolonged and chronic diseases are what cause them to stay in the financial situations they are in. Helping these people get better healthcare and providing the doctors with the education needed for these diseases would definitely help. I do find it absurd that some pharmacists believe it is unnecessary to make vaccines when this could easily be passed down from a pregnant woman to her offspring, creating another generation of health disasters.
Alex Weaver's curator insight, October 14, 2013 7:11 PM

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Grand project launched to improve sanitation in schools - IPPmedia

Grand project launched to improve sanitation in schools - IPPmedia | Poverty Assignment_Leong Wing Sie | Scoop.it
IPPmedia Grand project launched to improve sanitation in schools IPPmedia Temeke is among the districts in greatest need of WASH facilities in the country since it's is mainly an urban area characterised by a large student body or has several...
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Before reading this article, I did not know that the sanitary facilities in the school toilets were so horrible, although I already know that bad sanitary facilities probably only meant that there were horrible flushing systems or dirty toilets. In fact, in this article, there were no sinks for washing hands, half of the toilets for girls had no doors and most of the sanitary facilities were inaccessible for children with disabilities. The district is in greatest need of WASH facilities in the country since it’s is mainly an urban area characterised by a large student body, coming to the worst with 56 school children sharing one drop hole. The important concept is the sanitation in schools. Bad water hygiene causes diseases like cholera, diarrhea, typhoid which will endanger people's lives. It suggests me to think about the number of people in the world without access to clean water and living with suffering, and to not waste water although we have plenty.

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