10 Neglected Tropical Diseases – Target For End Of Decade

The aim is to eliminate or at least control 10 neglected tropical diseases by 2020 - it is a public and private partnership, including 13 drug companies, the UK, US and United Arab Emirate Governments, the World Bank, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and some other worldwide organizations. The partners aim to work together to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in countries where they are endemic. They have pledged to liaise closely with affected countries. According to WHO (World Health Organization), 1.4 billion people are affected by the ten NTDs; the majority of them live in the poorest countries in the world. In an official announcement made today at the Royal College of Physicians, London, the partners said they would combat NTDs by: Expanding or at least sustaining drug donation programs so that demand is met right through to the end of 2020. Share knowhow and new active ingredients to speed up R&D of new medications. The allocation of over $785 million to improve R&D efforts and support drug distribution and implementation programs. The endorsement of the "London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases". The Declaration promises a new level of commitment and collaboration in the tracking of progress. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: "Today, we have joined together to increase the impact of our investments and build on the tremendous progress made to date. This innovative approach must serve as a model for solving other global development challenges and will help millions of people build self-sufficiency and overcome the need for aid." The Gates Foundation says it is donating $363 million over...
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