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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Africa: Global Fund Executive Director Calls for Focused Action to Fight Infectious Disease

Source: All Africa

Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said today that concentrated action will achieve significantly greater impact on infectious diseases that threaten maternal and child health.

"We need to move past the tyranny of averages," said Dr. Dybul. "We all see country and regional average rates of HIV, TB and malaria, but they mask micro-hyper-epidemics where transmission rates are very high.

A micro-hyper epidemic is an outbreak of disease that is highly concentrated among a part of the population, putting a wider population at risk of infection.

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