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GOING HOME: After Jeffrey Mhango, 41, died of AIDS and TB at Lilongwe Central Hospital in Malawi, his family claimed the body from the morgue to take him home for burial. (Globe Staff Photo / Dominic Chavez)
The same number could have been saved the day before, and the day before that. In all, over the last year, 8.8 million lives were lost needlessly to preventable diseases, infections, and childbirth complications.

FOLLOW-UP / AUGUST 10, 2003
In Africa, hope emerges
Senegal's aggressive AIDS strategy saves thousands from infection
(By John Donnelly, Globe Staff)
This report continues a series, begun on Jan. 26, on world health challenges and solutions that are within reach.


INTERACTIVE

Most deaths from AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and childhood diseases can be prevented or cured with simple and affordable measures, but only 25 percent of those at risk are getting that help.
Lives Lost maps: Challenges and cures
   
This special guide tells the story of people who should have lived, but didn't, in the words and pictures of the reporters and photographers who documented the daily struggle of so many to stay well -- and stay alive.
Interactive overview


Cambodia
      Story
CAMBODIA
Five years after the end of a civil war, the greatest threats are children's restless coughs, villages without clean water, and malnutrition among expectant mothers.
   
Malawi
      Story
MALAWI
This southern African nation once had an aggressive vaccination program, but is now caught in a storm of deadly diseases, fueled by the AIDS crisis.
       
Russia
      Story
RUSSIA
As post-Soviet Russia struggles to rebuild its health care system, tuberculosis infections have more than tripled, and a drug-resistant strain of the disease is flourishing.
   
Guatemala
      Story
GUATEMALA
It is one of the wealthiest countries in Central America, but Guatemala's health care system struggles with a child mortality rate that is among the highest in the region.
       

LIVES SAVED: ZAMBIA
Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, successful health programs operate in isolation. A neighborhood project in Lusaka provides patients with medicine, attention, and jobs. Story


HOW YOU CAN HELP
Details on global health concerns and projects and a list of charitable and non-profit organizations that are working on world health.
Resources

REACTION
 Message board: Boston.com users react to this report. Responses

 Chat transcript: Globe reporter John Donnelly chatted with Boston.com users on January 27 about this report and global health concerns. Transcript

   
CONTACT US
Email the Globe reporters and photographers who worked on this report.

Cambodia
Reporter: Colin Nickerson
Photographer: Michele McDonald

Malawi and Zambia
Reporter: John Donnelly
Photographer: Dominic Chavez

Russia
Reporter: David Filipov
Photographer: Evan Richman

Guatemala
Reporter: Raja Mishra
Photographer: Essdras Suarez


This section launches a yearlong effort by the Globe that will feature stories on world health challenges and the solutions that are within reach.

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