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Investments In Efforts To Address NTDs ‘Well Worth Making’

STAT: Neglected tropical diseases are finally getting the attention they deserve
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“…Although we are closer than ever to a world without [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)], our work is not yet done. … [S]ignificant gaps remain in funding for both the delivery of existing drugs and the development of new tools. Investments to tackle NTDs are well worth making — both in human and economic terms. … At a time when questions loom large about funding global health and development, the success against NTDs is a powerful reminder of the incredible impact we can have when all of us — the public, private, and philanthropic sectors — work together. With the right partners and the political will, I’m convinced that not too far in the future, tropical diseases that are today known as neglected because they have traditionally gotten so little attention from the world will be the success story that everyone is talking about” (1/30).

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