Neglected tropical diseases: The London Declaration one year on

Wellcome Trust Blog

Neglected tropical diseases - Wellcome News cover artworkThis time last year, a group of politicians, charities and pharmaceutical companies came to London to sign a pledge. They committed to either bring under control or eliminate ten diseases by 2020; ten diseases that currently cause enormous suffering and hardship across the developing world. The diseases in question are among the collection of infections gathered under the umbrella term of ‘neglected tropical diseases’ (NTDs), so it would seem imperative not to neglect the progress that has been made in tackling them in the past 12 months.

The group of organisations that came together last January, and the World Health Organization (WHO), whose roadmap of disease elimination targets they are committed to achieving, have each reported on their progress this month. Uniting to combat NTDs celebrate the provision of 1.12 billion treatments from the pharmaceutical industry to countries with endemic NTDs in 2012 – they report that…

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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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