The world suddenly faces an appalling health crisis. Once more, it originates largely in poverty and destitution-in developing world. AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and measles now kill 13 million people a year, and the numbers keep going up. They threaten to reverse decades of development in many developing countries.
Infectious diseases have become one of the world's most urgent issues. We are in race against time to control the spread of the most dangerous diseases, before the diseases wear down the drugs themselves., Though most of it is centered on Africa, infectious disease is an inherently global issue, and like poverty and education, is an "underlier" issue-failing to solve it sets back solution of other issues.