Blue Marble Health and “The Big Three Diseases”: HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Dr. Peter Hotez, Sabin President, authored this editorial piece on the concept of "blue marble health" which was introduced in 2013 as a policy framework to better understand new trends in the geographic distribution of the major neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affecting human populations that live in extreme poverty. Dr. Hotez suggests that the NTD disease burden in fact affects the world's top 20 wealthiest economies or G20. Renewed efforts to control and eliminate these diseases which largely contribute to global poverty would be a step in the right direction towards reaching the millenium development goals and sustainable development goals.
"In its place, blue marble health suggests that all economies are rising but that each one leaves behind a bottom segment of society that lives on less than one or two dollars per day, or at some other level of extreme poverty. Moreover, both poverty and disease are not evenly distributed among the G20. Instead they are concentrated in specific areas such as in northern Argentina, northeastern Brazil, southwestern China, Eastern Europe, and even the southern United States."
"A major finding from the blue marble health paradigm is that more than one-half of the world's NTDs occur in G20 countries and Nigeria, and yet in most cases these countries have the financial capacity for controlling or eliminating their own indigenous disease burden. Doing so could eliminate the single major source of global poverty and disease related to NTDs."