Red Cross warns of threat from preventable diseases

Thursday June 29 by Claudia bourneCNN
While natural disasters can bring massive suffering and death, the Red Cross says preventable diseases killed far more people in 1999. And a report issued by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies blames the nations of the world for not making public health a priority. Last year, 13 million people -- mostly children -- died from preventable diseases: AIDS, malaria, respiratory diseases and diarrhea. That is 160 times more deaths than those caused by natural disasters, including massive earthquakes in Turkey, floods in Venezuela and cyclones in India, the report said.





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