Pandemic Side Effect Other Diseases Are Spreading in the Shadow of COVID-19

Efforts to control major life-threatening diseases are in danger of being thwarted by the global fight against the coronavirus. Doctors and aid workers are afraid millions of people could die.
Measles vaccination in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Efforts made to combat other diseases are suffering as the focus shifts to COVID-19.

Measles vaccination in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Efforts made to combat other diseases are suffering as the focus shifts to COVID-19.

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People in a slum in Mumbai wait for a food delivery during the lockdown in mid-April. Not only are they in danger of contracting the coronavirus and going hungry, but now they must also fear an increased risk from other diseases.

People in a slum in Mumbai wait for a food delivery during the lockdown in mid-April. Not only are they in danger of contracting the coronavirus and going hungry, but now they must also fear an increased risk from other diseases.

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An Indian mother tries to bring her sick son to the hospital. Public transportation isn't running. The coronavirus has often been referred to as an "equalizer." In fact, it has often exacerbated social injustices around the world.

An Indian mother tries to bring her sick son to the hospital. Public transportation isn't running. The coronavirus has often been referred to as an "equalizer." In fact, it has often exacerbated social injustices around the world.

Manish Swarup/ AP

The NGO Doctors Without Borders brings measles vaccinations and medical supplies to remote regions via motorcycle, as seen here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In many countries, it is now virtually impossible to provide rural populations with this important vaccine.

The NGO Doctors Without Borders brings measles vaccinations and medical supplies to remote regions via motorcycle, as seen here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In many countries, it is now virtually impossible to provide rural populations with this important vaccine.

HEREWARD HOLLAND/ REUTERS

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