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Mama Anna MkapaAnna Mkapa, wife of the President of Tanzania, spoke at a symposium on Tanzania-Duke University collaboration, held at the Duke University Medical Centre yesterday.

"The sad thing is that there is in the world the technological know how and the financial resources to significantly lift the burden of diseases from the countries such as Tanzania," she said.

The First Lady further said that children and adults in poor countries like Tanzania die prematurely largely because they are inflicted with "diseases of the poor", which do not provide profit incentives for research and manufacturing drugs adding that vaccines such as those for polio and measles were not universally accessible.

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