The world's largest economic powers have both a responsibility and an interest in reducing diseases that account for the greatest losses in healthy years of life worldwide, according to this month's Editorial, by Peter Hotez, Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Larry Peiperl, Chief Editor of PLOS Medicine.
Examining recent WHO data on years of life lost from non-communicable diseases, which have long been seen as the scourge of wealthy countries, the Editors argue that the distribution of NCDs among economically powerful countries suggests disproportionate burden on the poor living among the wealthy.
This Editorial accompanies another in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases making a similar case regarding parasitic infections, and an update to the PLOS Blue Marble Health Collection.
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