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Connections in Asia

Asia is the most populated region of the world, and is the setting for most of the world’s preventable deaths. Although the economic prosperity of some Asian countries is rapidly increasing, there are numerous countries that are designated as low-income and have no immediate prospect of rapid economic growth. A third of the region’s population live on less than two dollars a day, which is estimated to represent two-thirds of the developing world’s poor. The region is a hot spot for both the emergence of new infectious diseases and antimicrobial drug resistance. The spectrum of research being conducted by University of Cambridge investigators mirrors these challenges, and includes research on food security, major health threats such as influenza and tuberculosis, and bacterial drug resistance.

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