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Die richtigen Ziele für Investitionen in die Weltgesundheit

KOPENHAGEN – Wenn die Weltmedien Ihre einzige Informationsquelle wären, so könnte man Ihnen verzeihen, falls Sie glaubten, dass die derzeit größte gesundheitliche Bedrohung das Zika-Virus sei, oder dass es im vergangenen Jahr Ebola war – oder davor SARS und die Vogelgrippe.

Die Panik über diese Seuchen hat sich deutlich schneller verbreitet als die Krankheiten selbst. In Wahrheit ist die Zahl ihrer Todesopfer winzig im Vergleich zu bedeutenden Infektionskrankheiten, von denen wir viel weniger hören: Durchfall, Tuberkulose, AIDS, Malaria, Tetanus oder Masern. Noch höher ist die Zahl der Todesopfer von nicht übertragbaren Krankheiten wie Schlaganfällen und Herzanfällen.

Entscheidungsträger weltweit, wie etwa Regierungen und Spender, sehen sich konkurrierenden Prioritäten ausgesetzt, aber sie entscheiden sich häufig nicht ausdrücklich oder auf transparente Weise zwischen diesen Alternativen. Weil die Aufmerksamkeit der Medien auf das Zika-Virus, Ebola oder SARS gerichtet ist, wird dafür mehr Geld ausgegeben.

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