Global appeal to focus on neglected diseases
- By: Rhona MacDonald
A global appeal to focus research on developing new drugs, diagnostic tests, and vaccines for tropical diseases affecting poor people in developing countries has been launched by a group of scientists and non-governmental organisations.
Led by an independent foundation, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), the appeal was launched simultaneously in London, New Delhi, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro and was supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Oxfam.
The appeal asks governments to make neglected diseases a research priority, ensure sustained financial support, and reduce patent and regulatory barriers in order to increase research and development activities for neglected diseases.
“The current system needs a fundamental overhaul to address the fatal imbalance in the current research and development system properly,” said Bernard Pecoul, executive director of DNDi.
Every day, over 35 000 people die from infectious diseases such as AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and the more neglected diseases such as