Neglected tropical diseases: The London declaration

argylesock says… This happened a year ago. Why wasn’t it all over the mainstream news, here in Britain and around the world?

Wellcome Trust Blog

Neglected tropical diseases - Wellcome News cover artworkIn London yesterday morning, an extraordinary gathering of international politicians, pharmaceutical chief executives and global health organisation heads threatened to take the ‘neglect’ out of ‘neglected tropical diseases’ (NTDs). Together they made a number of significant commitments to provide treatments, research and development funding and cooperation to control, eliminate or even eradicate ten NTDs by 2020.

At an event called Uniting to combat NTDs, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new roadmap for reducing the burden of NTDs between now and 2020, while 13 pharmaceutical companies announced donations of billions of tablets each year to treat the most common NTDs in endemic countries.

The UK’s Minister for International Development, Stephen O’Brien, said: “The world has come together to end the neglect of these horrific diseases which needlessly disable, blind and kill millions of the world’s poorest…. [We will] provide critical treatments to millions of people, which allow…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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