Experts Comment On Successes, Challenges Of Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases

Thomson Reuters Foundation: EXPERT VIEWS — Progress in fighting tropical diseases but funding and conflicts pose challenges
“Progress has been made in tackling diseases that blind, disable, and disfigure millions of poor in tropical countries each year, but drug companies need to step up donations of medicines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this week. Governments and private donors pledged more than $800 million at a meeting in Geneva [last] week to accelerate the fight against these illnesses, categorized by the WHO as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Below are some expert views on how to accelerate the fight against NTDs, which include diseases such as guinea worm, dengue, onchocerciasis (river blindness), trachoma, and sleeping sickness…” (Zweynert, 4/21).