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Persistent disease outbreaks and malnutrition in Tharparkar, Pakistan: Natural disaster or man-made public health crisis?

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posted on 21.02.2019, 00:00 by AW Khan, Andrew Taylor-RobinsonAndrew Taylor-Robinson
Over the last decade a humanitarian crisis has developed in Tharparkar, a largely rural district in the south of Pakistan that is increasingly inhospitable to human habitation. A combination of food shortages, poor diet, a shortage of clean drinking water and inadequate hygiene has caused malnutrition and outbreaks of disease. This has led to the death of thousands of people – primarily newborn infants, pregnant mothers and young children – as well as livestock. While this is a land of restricted rainfall and limited natural resources, an emerging disaster been exacerbated by a dearth of basic infrastructure and deficient public health facilities. By imposing bold strategic administration and economic investment to supplement short-term aid it may be possible to bring sustained relief to the people of this impoverished region, thereby averting the prospect of famine and diseases of poverty.

History

Volume

4

Issue

1

Start Page

477

End Page

481

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

1872-9045

ISSN

2059-5409

Publisher

Coventry University, UK

Additional Rights

CC

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

01/03/2018

External Author Affiliations

Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan; University of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Public Health in Developing Countries