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AIDS as an Example[edit]

I am planning to contribute a substantial part to this article on AIDS as a disease of poverty. Currently, AIDS is listed as an example on the article as a disease of poverty because of its extremely high prevalence rate in developing countries. I want to expand on this section and provide examples of the diseases and infections that predispose people in poverty to HIV/AIDS. I will be using Eileen Stillwaggon’s “Race, Sex, and the Neglected Risks for Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa” (2008) as a starting point for creating this Wikipedia section. Specifically, I want to write about malnutrition—both on the macro (protein and energy deficiencies) and micro level (iron, zinc, and vitamin deficiencies)—and parasitic infections such as malaria, intestinal parasites and Schistosomiasis. Additionally, I hope to add a section on reduced capabilities HIV/AIDS will have on people in poverty, especially for women and children. It would be really nice to get advice on how to best fit my contribution into this article. Should I make AIDS as one separate section under examples or should I divide my content between examples, mechanisms and causes, and consequences? Thanks a lot! MonicaHe (talk) 02:23, 1 April 2011 (UTC)


A collect of high quality references:

  1. Hotez, PJ; Gurwith, M (2011 Sep). "Europe's neglected infections of poverty.". International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. 15 (9): e611–9. PMID 21763173.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. Bethony, JM; Cole, RN, Guo, X, Kamhawi, S, Lightowlers, MW, Loukas, A, Petri, W, Reed, S, Valenzuela, JG, Hotez, PJ (2011 Jan). "Vaccines to combat the neglected tropical diseases.". Immunological reviews. 239 (1): 237–70. PMID 21198676.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Another Kaler, SG (2008). "Diseases of poverty with high mortality in infants and children: malaria, measles, lower respiratory infections, and diarrheal illnesses.". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1136: 28–31. PMID 18579873. 
  4. A lancet paper Hotez, PJ; Fenwick, A, Savioli, L, Molyneux, DH (2009 May 2). "Rescuing the bottom billion through control of neglected tropical diseases." (PDF). Lancet. 373 (9674): 1570–5. PMID 19410718.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)

Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:28, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

  • A ref for the section on society and culture / research sections [1]
  • A 2012 paper from the WHO regarding neglected diseases [2] --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:11, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Proposed additions[edit]

This is a topic in which I am very interested and I would like to contribute to the knowledge base already present on this page. First I would like to contribute a section that focuses on diseases of poverty in the United States, in order increase the awareness of these diseases in developed countries. My input will be added under the supervision of a professor and with the help of classmates who are also editing wiki pages (See class banner above.)

Among the sources from which information for this contribution will be drawn, is research by Eileen Steelwagon and Peter. J Hortez on neglected diseases within the United States. Chagas disease, cysticercosis, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis, and trichomoniasis are said to be neglected diseases which still affect pockets of the poor population in the United States. As already stated on this page, being affected by many of these diseases also makes these populations more susceptible to HIV infection. Research points to a connection between these diseases and a high HIV infection rate among certain populations in the U.S. My contribution will also focus on tuberculosis, asthma, high blood pressure and other diseases that disproportionately affect the poor. Under the section labeled “causes” I will to include a section on the lack of access to clean, safe water as a contributing factor to these diseases. Lastly, I would like to include a section focused on the disparities in access to health care.

These additions are necessary for expanding knowledge on Wikipedia about diseases of poverty. I welcome any help or comments about other possible improvements and other reputable sources of information. Bellechic (talk) 03:42, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Following on from my response at WT:MED about the need to maintain a world-wide perspective, I'm wondering whether it might be a good idea for you to start a new page titled something like Diseases of poverty in the United States, which would connect to this page broadly in line with Wikipedia's summary style. —MistyMorn (talk) 08:50, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Headings and where to place citations[edit]

Section headings should not be capitalized per WP:HEADINGS and references should be placed according to WP:REFSPACE. Thanks. Biosthmors (talk) 02:52, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Diarrhea in Developing Regions[edit]

Hello Wikipedia, My name is Jordan, I am an undergraduate at Rice University, and I am here to propose the writing of a new Wikipedia article on Diarrhea in Developing Regions. Diarrheal diseases are among the most prolific in the world, accounting for a significant fraction of all infections, as well as a massive number of child mortalities. Given that children with diarrhea are significantly more likely to die, most within the first two years of life, Diarrheal diseases are a serious threat to the livelihood of children globally. Clearly, diarrheal disease is a significant issue in developing regions, and I hope to use this Wikipedia entry to outline the impacts of diarrheal disease, elucidate the primary causes of the issue (usually linking back to poverty and limited access to vital resources and human capabilities) and finally discuss both potential solutions and those that have already been implemented in these at-risk regions. I will draw my information from a variety of academic sources, mainly from journal articles, but also from information and data made available by some of the major organizations interested in this topic such as the CDC, and WHO. Though a page already exists on the topic of Diarrhea, it approaches the topic from a highly scientific/medical perspective which is incompatible with my approach and proposed writing on this topic, which will take a point of view more oriented around the concepts of poverty, justice and human capabilities. This related page, Diseases of poverty, already exists, however this article approaches a number of different diseases with depth; if I were to add to this page, my content would dramatically outweigh the content on any other disease. Instead of extending on these pages, I propose the development of a new page on the topic of Diarrhea in Developing Regions, which will focus on the topics I outlined above. In order to supplement the existing articles, I plan to add small sections to these pages with a brief summary of the information that will be present on the proposed page, and add links between these three pages. Any comments, questions, or suggestions that I can use to improve my work are greatly appreciated! -- Best, Jpoles1 (talk) 20:50, 28 September 2013 (UTC)


Diseases of poverty and neglected tropical diseases are different therefore oppose merge. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 12:31, 23 March 2016 (UTC)