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By 2050, researchers have projected that climate change may cause 600,000 deaths a year and slash world GDP by 10%. Meanwhile, a report commissioned by the UK government predicts that, by the same year, antimicrobial-resistant infections could kill 10 million people yearly and suck 100 trillion USD out of the global economy.
From my experience of working on the ground in Latin America for many years, it is clear there is a shared experience of corrupt parties, political coups and toxic politics. Venezuela’s health crisis is ultimately the sum of accumulated tragedies affecting different sectors of society, which has resulted in the collapse of its health system.
As a doctor, I work with newly diagnosed leprosy patients who go online and find images of people with severe consequences of disease. Part of my job is to reassure them that leprosy is now a 21st century curable disease, not the ancient stigmatising disease it once was.
Globally, complications around the time of birth leading to ‘birth asphyxia’ is the third leading cause of deaths in children under five years of age, and developmental disability amongst survivors is common. However, they are rarely mentioned in the media or the global health agenda.

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