Chemistry and Developing Countries

Proceedings of a Conference, London, April 1991

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Environmental Chemistry of Endemic Diseases

Human health, especially in rural populations in developing countries, can be seriously affected by parasitic diseases, communicable diseases as well as nutritional diseases. Parasitic disease such as malaria with one to two million deaths per year, 300 million infected, and two billion at risk, and schistosomiasis with 200 million affected, and around 500 million at risk are widely reported and studied (1). Communicable diseases, including water borne diarrhoeal diseases, seriously affect people with around five million deaths in young children each year and are again well recognised (2).


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