Tackling the existing burden of infectious diseases in the developing world: Existing gaps and the way forward

Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Rehana A. Salam, Jai K. Das, Zohra S. Lassi

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This series evaluates the effectiveness of community-based interventions (CBIs) to prevent and control infectious diseases of poverty (IDoP). Evidence from our reviews suggests that CBIs and school-based delivery platforms are effective in averting risk behaviors and reducing the disease burden. Co-implementation of interventions through existing community-based programs including immunization campaigns, antenatal care and maternal and child health programs have the potential to scale-up interventions for IDoP. Future research should focus on the process of developing and implementing efficient community-based programs through a comprehensive approach, and to gauge the effectiveness of various existing delivery models in order to improve morbidity and mortality outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28
JournalInfectious Diseases of Poverty
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Aug 2014


  • Community platforms
  • Community-based interventions
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Infectious diseases of poverty
  • Malaria
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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