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Among the world's poor, 6 in 10 die from infectious diseases. Half of these deaths are preventable.
Malaria kills one child every 30 seconds.
One third of the world's population is infected with tuberculosis.
Each year in the United States, 18,000 people die from lack of health insurance.
This year, two million Africans will die of AIDS.
400,000 Americans are killed by tobacco use each year. That's more than the number of deaths from AIDS, homicides, alcohol, illegal drugs, car accidents, fires and suicides combined.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS together killed 5.7 million people last year, accounting for about one-tenth of the world's deaths. The World Health Organization and several United Nations agencies say it is possible to reduce deaths from malaria and tuberculosis by half by 2010 and deaths from AIDS by one-quarter. The major obstacles are insufficient will and money.
Thanks to a widespread vaccination campaign, measles deaths in African children have dropped 60 percent in the last five years.