Dengue is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the world, rising from 15,000 cases per year in the 1960s to over 390 million today. It has a huge impact on individuals, households, health systems and national economies, and over half the world’s population is now at risk.
Despite this, dengue has not received the focus and funding that many other diseases have in recent years. As the world begins to focus upon achieving the Global Development Goals by 2030, and given the explicit commitment of these goals to leave no one behind, now is the time to raise the profile of this disease and mobilise to defeat it.
This report focuses on what needs to be done to halt the spread of dengue and the burden of the disease. It highlights the approaches Malaria Consortium has taken to controlling and reducing the impact of dengue.
The report calls on increased leadership from governments and funding from donors to turn the tide on the spread of this disease, and ensure that as progress continues to be made towards achieving the Global Development Goals, dengue no longer falls between the cracks of global health.
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