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Persistent disease outbreaks and malnutrition in Tharparkar, Pakistan: Natural disaster or man-made public health crisis?
journal contributionposted on 2019-02-21, 00:00 authored by AW Khan, Andrew 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.
Number of Pages5
PublisherCoventry University, UK
External Author AffiliationsAcademia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan; University of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan