A plethora of diseases are associated with poverty. The term tropical diseases is sometimes used in this context. However, because such diseases may not necessarily be confined to tropical latitudes, a more useful term is diseases of poverty. Where functioning economies, education, and health care systems are in motion, the prevalence of such diseases diminishes—regardless of geographic latitude. But when these social components falter—as in times of disaster, economic depression, or civil unrest—diseases associated with poverty routinely reemerge.
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