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Thursday, July 03, 2003

:: Neglected diseases receive attention ::
Medicins Sans Frontieres has set up a not-for-profit drug research organisation called The Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative.

This initiative aims to develop drugs for diseases such as sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis + Chagas disease which together infect 350 million poor people every year, but which are not financially attractive enough for the world's commercial drug companies to work on.

Apparently, only 10% of the world's health budget is spent on tackling tropical diseases - although they account for 90% of the global disease burden.

MSF therefore aims to challenge the world's public sector and charitable foundations to fund $250 million of work, over the next 12 years, in order to ensure that latest expertise + technology are applied to tackling some of the diseases which cause the greatest suffering.