Monday, September 1, 2014
As some of the world’s most urgent health threats, diseases such as polio, Ebola and influenza have of late received much publicity. Nevertheless, recent studies reveal that anaemia is also emerging as a worrying health disparity, especially among women and children living in poverty. Although perhaps not as dramatic as the infections mentioned above, anaemia has been shown to have devastating and long-term effects on childhood cognition and intellect, and to increase the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality.
Remko van Leeuwen, Martin Grobusch and Peter Hotez briefly explain why the HOOKVAC programme is now needed more than ever in the article [pdf] Tackling hookworm head-on published in ‘[pdf] Progress through Partnership: The UvA and Africa‘.