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Volunteer Physician Discusses Importance Of Funding For NTD Research

The Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog interviews volunteer physician Brian D’Cruz, who has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Congo Brazzaville and Central African Republic. D’Cruz discusses the “urgent need for USAID to support R&D for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like sleeping sickness,” and he says that with USAID’s support of NTD research, “We would save a lot of lives. We would prevent a significant amount of suffering. … Increased funding for programs to find patients and treat them, and for better and more patient-adapted diagnostic and treatment tools, would be game-changers” (Taylor, 1/8).