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Africa: Poorer African Nations Rank High in Disease-Fighters' League Table

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Addis Ababa — African countries with modest national incomes are outperforming some richer nations on the continent in the fight against diseases of poverty known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), according to a new league table ranking.

NTDs such as blinding trachoma, the leading cause of infectious blindness, or intestinal worms that can stunt growth in children, are endemic in poor communities without access to clean water and with inadequate sewerage systems. The diseases affect 1.6 billion people worldwide - that's one in five on the planet - including over 600 million people in Africa.

The league table ranks the countries according to their performance in reaching everyone

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