Top of the Morning: Neglected Tropical Diseases Get a Little Less Neglected

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Neglected Tropical Diseases Become a Little Less Neglected…The Gates Foundation, World Bank and other big donors have pledged an additional $240 million to fight neglected tropical diseases. What are these? Things like Guinea worm, river blindness, sleeping sickness, Leishmaniasis, and other mostly parasitic diseases that tend to affect the poorest of the poor. Why are they neglected? Because they have not historically attracted the same amount of attention as the Big Three: AIDS, Malaria and TB. There is not much of a market for medicines that could treat these diseases.  These are “the ancient diseases of poverty.”  What’s Changed? The international health community and a consortium of drug makers are investing in treatments for these diseases. This new funding comes on the heels of pledges last year to combat intestinal worms that disproportionately affect children. Deeper Dive: The World Health Organization’s most recent NTC report:

A Milestone: It’s the One Year Anniversary of the UN Arms Trade Treaty. (UN

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