New initiative launched to combat neglected tropical diseases

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A new initiative has been launched in London to improve the lives of 1.4 billion people around the world who are affected by neglected tropical diseases.

The diseases, such as leprosy, guinea worm, river blindness and dengue fever, affect poor people in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Charles Appel reports.

The initiative to eliminate or control ten neglected tropical diseases was launched at the Royal College of Physicians in London on Monday.

Participants include 13 pharmaceutical companies, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.

Under the initiative, more than $785 million will be provided to support research and development of drugs and strengthen their distribution programmes.

Companies pledged to donate an average of 1.4 billion treatments each year to those in need, according to the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations.

The governments of Bangladesh, Brazil, Mozambique and Tanzania, where neglected tropical diseases are endemic have pledged to provide resources to combat these diseases.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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