Leading Health Problems in Third World Countries: Tuberculosis

933 WordsJan 28, 20184 Pages
Often times, people in third world countries face health problems that are not experienced in first and second world countries. Diseases that do not exist in the countries such as the US anymore are still some of the leading problems in poor nations. Professor Susan Craddock from the department of Gender, Woman and Sexuality studies gave a presentation that focused on Tuberculosis, which is falls into a category of diseases called “neglected diseases”. They are called neglected because the development of vaccines and drugs to cure the diseases has decreased to about nothing. The market for these drugs is not lucrative enough for pharmaceutical companies in higher income countries to invest in research. Since the low income countries do not have the resources to carry out research for these drugs the number of neglected disease-related deaths has increased. I found the presentation interesting and enlightening especially because I am interested in the pharmaceutical field. In response to the neglected diseases, different organizations have come together to research and develop vaccines and drugs that can treat these diseases. The government is involved in shaping current drugs and vaccine developments. For example in the US, the Bayh-Dole Act was passed in 1980. Before 1980, any research that was funded by the government belonged to the government. This caused the government to have control over how the research was used and who could use it. This act changed this and stated
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