Blue Marble Health and the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013

by Peter J Hotez, Ashish Damania, Mohsen Naghavi et al.
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases – Published: October 27, 2016

6 pp. 1.6 MB

The term “blue marble” is based on a famous Earth photograph taken by astronauts from an Apollo mission, which has since become an important symbol for the health of our planet. We sometimes refer to the G20 nations and Nigeria as the blue marble health countries. An important policy implication of blue marble health is that because neglected diseases are endemic to wealthy nations with high gross domestic products (GDPs), in many cases the resources to combat these diseases through treatment and prevention measures, as well as resources for research and development for new technologies, should be available. By taking greater ownership of their own public health control and policy efforts, the blue marble health countries could eliminate at least one-half of the world’s neglected diseases. In addition, the authors found that the blue marble health countries account for approximately 70% of the deaths from noncommunicable diseases.

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