Waging Peace through Neglected Tropical Disease Control: A US Foreign Policy for the Bottom Billion

It comes as no surprise that poverty breeds political instability, and some of the most troubled regions on our planet are disproportionately represented by nations with large numbers of people who live on less than US$1 per day. It has been observed that most of the people living in the societies of the “bottom billion,” i.e., the world’s poorest people who live on little or no money, are either currently engaged in a civil war or have recently been through one, and today civil war breaks out almost exclusively in low-income countries. In such areas the risk of conflict has been shown to increase as the starting income of the country diminishes.

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