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Sharing Korea’s development experience in eradicating parasitic infections

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Title Sharing Korea’s development experience in eradicating parasitic infections
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[Sejong] : KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date 2014-12
Series Title; No Parasite control
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Videos
Original Format mp4
Subject Social Development < Population
Social Development < Health
Social Development < Social Welfare
Holding KDI School of Public Policy and Management
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Korea used to suffer a direct and indirect annual loss of US$1 billion due to the parasite infection of its population in the past. In addition, it is estimated that more than 2,000 Koreans died of parasitic roundworm diseases alone each year. In need of quality labor force, Korea embarked upon a nationwide parasite eradication project. In just 20 years, Korea managed to reduce its parasite infection rate from 73 % to 0.2 % (as of 1995). In 2001, Korea was officially recognized by the WHO as a country that succeeded in eradicating parasitic diseases in the country and boosting peoples health through leadership in the public sector. What made Korea, a poor country in the 1960s, successfully eradicate its peoples intestinal parasites almost completely? Through this session, I would like to share with you Koreas efforts in both public and private sectors to make its people free of parasites, with possible implications for your countries.

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