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Monday, July 07, 2003  

Finally, Funding for Neglected Diseases

Some good news came from Medecins Sans Frontieres recently. They have launched a new body called the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) which will work in conjunction with public health agencies in developing countries to improve drug treatment for pharmaceutically unfashionable diseases such as sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis and Chagas. In the past 25 years, 1% of the drugs developed have been specifically made to tackle these illnesses despite the fact that such tropical diseases represent 90% of the global disease burden. The DNDi effort is being backed by research agencies in Brazil, France, India, Malaysia and Kenya, along with the World Bank and WHO with an investment of $250 million dollars over 12 years. According to Reuters, "Its success depends on pharmaceutical companies allowing its scientists access to their compound libraries, expertise and research facilities, as well as on public and private donations." Let's hope this happens successfully!

posted by Rahat | 7/07/2003 09:01:00 PM | |


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