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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 alot of Americans are prone to get infected by tropical diseases which are especially endemic in low-income populations. For example; Dengue fever, parasite infections that are caused by a larval pork tapeworm and alot of baterial infections casued by insects. But most of the people living in poverty are too poor to visit the doctors. But the staffs there are not well-trained to recongnize and manage the dieases as they have no money to further their studies. I think that the people who has the dieases are sad, irritated and unhappy as poverty are declining their health making their love ones pass away, irritated as in itchy, pain all over their bodies and they are helpless as they do not know how to treat it. I think that they should have a free clinic where volunteers who knows how to treat dieseases should go there and volunteer to help those in need. It will really help them alot and will save their lifes. Visiting the doctors will be like throwing their money into the sea as the staffs there are not really trained very well and it will be very expensive to go to the doctor as they only earn $2. So i think the volunteers should teach the people there and the staffs how to manage and recongnize dieases and help the people. They also need safer and effective medicines. For example; treating the chagas diesease, it is a parasite that causes sleeping sickness, they would need a specific medication to treat it. Like for pregnant woman, they can not take this type of medicine to treat them. Thus those who knows how to practice medicines would need to teach those in the US  so that they can treat the people there. I wonder if the government did anything to help them? Did the people there tried to reach the government for help?

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Kimberly Hordern's comment, April 25, 2013 3:23 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 7:23 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 4:11 PM

NTDs creates a vicious poverty cycle, but WE can help end this

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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)...

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Using the see think wonder. Asia's are the poorest as it holds majority of the world's population. They have insufficient education, medicine, clean water and sanitation because of the world population. People who are not educated are not aware of birth control  thus they keep giving birth and more people needs to rely on water, food etc. I think that all should receive education. Like Financial Assistant Support (FAS) like what we have. Help to subsidize costs to those who need support financially. Thus i wonder what will the government do to help those who are in need. Why are not the neighboring countries trying to help fight poverty?  

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Bunaiya Zuhairin's comment, January 28, 7:38 PM
Wealth are not distributed widely well around the world. Poverty in Asia are also caused by rising population growth and population growth can't be controlled..Food supply, safe water and good education are not sufficient in these poor countries.
Casey Tan's comment, January 28, 7:40 PM
I totally agree with kai yang
Casey Tan's comment, January 28, 7:40 PM
I totally agree with kai yang
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We need a recipe to solve food poverty - Spectator Blogs

We need a recipe to solve food poverty - Spectator Blogs | Poverty Assignment_Melissayee | Scoop.it

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I  have always noticed food pricing is always increasing. Food and water is the most basic thing in life. But how are we going to survive when food pricing is going up and up without our salary going up too? Thus more and more families are unable to put food on the table. Potatoes, one of the cheapest things with nutritional values, have risen up by 116 cents. Which is a lot. By doing these how can families continue to feed their families? How are they going to afford food when food pricing is increasing and increasing? Thus all these make the parents starve themselves and allow to children to eat without them going hungry in school. I think this is wrong because by doing this, they are going to fall sick and by falling sick they are unable to take care of their childrens. Which is causing more problems. There is families with insufficient food to feed their families around us and wants us to be more aware and to raise awareness. I will stop wasting food and only buying the right amount of food as buying more than enough food the food left aside for next time to cook will go bad. It is also to save money. I will treasure and count it as a blessing if i see food on the table and not to whine when i do not like the dish. I will treasure what i have. Can the Food Industry lower the price of the food and not increase it? It will really help alot of people by doing so.

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Merci Goh's curator insight, February 4, 2013 4:24 AM

Using the See Think Wonder routine. We all know that food prices are all rising up, and I can see that many people are not able to effort it. But food is important for our lifes as we need it for energy to do any work. I can also see that parenrts are starting to skip meals just to unsure that their children are not going to school hungry. I think that the parents are not doing right by skipping meals as they may get weak and sick that they can't take care of their children. I wonder if the government will help this people and stop it by stoping the increase of food prices. Will this people be willing to ask the government for help? Will the government help them? With food prices only going in one direction – up – we need skills, Government commitment, and industry will-power to ensure food-banks do not become mainstream or a reality of economic austerity. 

Ku Wai Sze's curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:47 AM

I was extremely shocked when I read this article. I never thought that parents have to resort to starving themselves in order to allow their child to have food to bring to school as lunch!

 

(Step-inside thinking routine)

What I care about is my family and their welfare. I know that the food prices are rising and I have to think of a way to keep my family from being affected as much as possible. So what should I do? I save up money and provide for them while I don't eat that much myself. I cannot believe that something as bad and ridiculous as this would ever happen, especially in this time and era, but this is life now. Driven by profit for oneself and not caring about others anymore. This is the life that we live in, where people take things for granted and not look on the other side of things, the side where people who struggle to even have a proper meal, people like us do exist.

Swee Khim's curator insight, January 20, 7:24 AM

I knew that poverty is the condition where food is scarce and many people can suffer from malnutrition and die from starvation.

 Food is a basic need for everyone. 

I think that I need to change my habit of being choosy in the food I eat after looking at how many unfortunate are struggling to have a proper meal.  

I feel that we need a recipe to avert food poverty in a country.  The government should take more actions to help improve the economy such as increasing the employment rate and encourage citizens to be self-reliant.

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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?


Via Seth Dixon
yee melissa's insight:

I see that alot of Americans are prone to get infected by tropical diseases which are especially endemic in low-income populations. For example; Dengue fever, parasite infections that are caused by a larval pork tapeworm and alot of baterial infections casued by insects. But most of the people living in poverty are too poor to visit the doctors. But the staffs there are not well-trained to recongnize and manage the dieases as they have no money to further their studies. I think that the people who has the dieases are sad, irritated and unhappy as poverty are declining their health making their love ones pass away, irritated as in itchy, pain all over their bodies and they are helpless as they do not know how to treat it. I think that they should have a free clinic where volunteers who knows how to treat dieseases should go there and volunteer to help those in need. It will really help them alot and will save their lifes. Visiting the doctors will be like throwing their money into the sea as the staffs there are not really trained very well and it will be very expensive to go to the doctor as they only earn $2. So i think the volunteers should teach the people there and the staffs how to manage and recongnize dieases and help the people. They also need safer and effective medicines. For example; treating the chagas diesease, it is a parasite that causes sleeping sickness, they would need a specific medication to treat it. Like for pregnant woman, they can not take this type of medicine to treat them. Thus those who knows how to practice medicines would need to teach those in the US  so that they can treat the people there. I wonder if the government did anything to help them? Did the people there tried to reach the government for help?

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Kimberly Hordern's comment, April 25, 2013 3:23 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 7:23 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 4:11 PM

NTDs creates a vicious poverty cycle, but WE can help end this

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

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For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

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After reading it, i learnt that education is important. Without education, you will be poor as no onw would want to employ you. It also allows you to get a higher paying job, which allows you to be more financially secure.I think that the Students Rising Above (SRA) is a good motivation to get you working. As it helps you finiancially to break through poverty.Through Education, we can break through poverty and wants us to be aware and to raise awareness. I would start to study and start to think that education is important. In order to step out of poverty, volunteers can go to third world and educate the poor.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 6:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.

 

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Poverty and Water in Africa

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Learn how poverty relief in Africa begins with access to clean water. Discover how water can help end poverty and hunger.

Via waimoe
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Without water, people cannot do things like growing agriculture, building house, not being able to stay healthy,not being able to attend school due to helping family to transport water and to go to work. But most importantly, they WASTE their time collecting water. People as young as five years old collect water and women carrying water with the weight of a baby hippo. Collecting their daily needs,water, takes up alot of time and there will not be sufficient time to do other things.Africa use up 40 billion hours per year to collect waters and that is alot of time. There are people not being able to access to clean water and wants more people to be aware of it and to spread awareness. After reading this article, i will really treasure accessing to clean water and definitely not to waste water. In Singapore, just by opening the tap and we have the access to clean water. Not like Africa, when muddy, dirty water is already considered as a blessing to them. People are helping to build a well. But building a well does not means it is safe and clean as the well is deep and more prone to accidents. People there have no food thus having no energy. They may end up falling in to the well and polute it. People may throw some dirty stuff into the well. If the person throw his/ her blood and she/ him has HIV, the people collecting the water will be infected by his illness. 

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 5:13 AM

Water is essential for life. Safe, abundant water is vital to our ability to prosper and fulfilled our potential. Without it, we face a continual decline in our well-being. No access to clean water, and almost no access to clean sanitation, causing widespread suffering from malaria, typhoid, dysentery and many other diseases.  These illness not only stop people working, going to school and causing pain but they kill many more young children before the age of 5 than happens in the developed world. They also kill people younger so children are left without parents and people in work die off leaving projects unfinished, and expertise gaps.  Apart from this effect upon our health, the loss of productivity that results from water-related illnesses holds back our progress. Population is growing rapidly each year, but the lack of safe water and sanitation reduces our economic growth at twice that rate. And a growing population must be properly fed. We need to increase our water production by half. How will we achieve this without reducing the amount and quality of the remaining water resources which we will need for drinking and sanitation? Clearly, the provision of sustainable, clean water for our people should be high priority. Sustainable supplies of water, its better management and protection are the key to this success - just as increased agricultural productivity holds the key to spreading prosperity and our other development goals.

Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 9:12 AM
Water is the most essential and basic need for anyone or any countries. In Africa, there is an extremely limited sources of water. This makes the lives of people there more and more difficult. Besides, there are already many problems have appeared in Africa, the government has not taken any measures to solve them. In other words, the solutions may not be very efficient. To reduce poverty in Africa, the government as well as the whole society must think of solutions to help. For example, water can be transported from other countries to Africa. Although it will be costing a great amount of money, it is necessary. Charities can be set up, however, to prevent corruption, things for daily use or supplies can be collected instead of money.
Cappy's curator insight, March 7, 9:24 AM

Poverty may be a result of many man made causes, but one of the greatest causes of poverty is also the most overlooked, which is the lack of access to clean water. Lack of water is often an obstacle in helping oneself. You can’t grow food, built house, stay healthy, and children would have no time for school. People spend couple hours a day to find and transport any water they can find whether it’s clean or not. Their containers can weigh up to a lot, and they need to carry it almost more than three hours everyday. It is estimated that the Sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40 billion hours per year collecting water. These people don’t have enough time to do anything else because they lose about 3 hours each day collecting water. The Water Project is trying to help by providing clean water, using money from donations they will create wells.


I realised that children in dry regions of Africa are using most of their time to find and transport water. This left them with less time for their education and other activities. Poverty is also the result of people lacking time to develop their wealth. When clean water is provided, people’s health improved, and hunger will be reduced because water is provided for the crops. The article tells me that it is possible to break Africa’s poverty cycle by providing access to clean water.


I realised how much Africa’s climate can affect people’s way of life, and how much it changed their life. I do agree that we should provide the people access to clean water to reduce their time on getting water and to let them use their time on something else. Most of the water people found were dirty and uncleaned, which result in infected residents from waterborne diseases. I think that providing clean water to these people is the best way to cure poverty.