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Nurse Manuel Mohammed prepares a syringe of quinine dichlorhydrate, an ineffective yet standard treatment for malaria at the Manhica Health Center in Mozambique.
Nurse Manuel Mohammed prepares a syringe of quinine dichlorhydrate, an ineffective yet standard treatment for malaria at the Manhica Health Center in Mozambique. (Globe Staff Photo / Bill Greene)
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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.
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DECEMBER 28, 2003

Amid the death, new hope

Of the 24,000 people worldwide who die needlessly every day of preventable diseases, more than 3,000 are victims of malaria, according to the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund.
DECEMBER 18, 2003

In Bolivia, smaller families spur hopes

In a largely unheralded trend, birth rates in developing countries around the world have declined steadily over the last several decades.
NOVEMBER 23, 2003

Losing hope in Appalachia

This is the story in McDowell County, West Virginia: People are dying at younger ages, dying from a lack of care and, in many cases, from a loss of hope.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2003

Community health effort gains in Haiti

And had it not been for a simple suggestion from a specially trained fellow villager -- go see the doctor -- Elmanie Joseph might now be lying in the dark of her ramshackle Haiti home, on the verge of hemorrhaging. Instead, her father had helped her make the seven-hour trek to the clinic, where doctors now raced to save her life.
AUGUST 13, 2003

In Africa, hope emerges

Senegal, an impoverished nation of 10 million people on Africa's west coast, has shown how AIDS can be held at bay in places where the disease is a persistent, voracious killer. In 12 other African countries, more than 10 percent of people ages 15 to 49 are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In Senegal, the infection rate has never risen above 2 percent; its prevention efforts have saved tens of thousands of lives.
The Boston Globe launched this project on Jan. 26, 2003, as part of a yearlong effort to focus attention on world health challenges and the solutions that are within reach.

None of them had to die

Yesterday, 24,000 people worldwide could have been saved with basic care. 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.
Cambodia 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.
Russia 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.
Zambia Zambia
Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, successful health programs operate in isolation. One neighborhood project provides patients with medicine, attention, and jobs.
Malawi 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.
Guatemala 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.
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