Combatting Neglected Tropical Diseases: Much Progress, but Millions of Neglected Patients Lack Access to Care

by Julien Potet
Médecins Sans Frontières, April 2017

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Scientists, policy makers, and other global health actors met in Geneva for a Summit on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The Summit’s objective: to assess progress and plans five years after WHO launched both a Roadmap aimed at combatting NTDs and a public-private partnership (the “London Declaration”) to help implement the Roadmap by mobilizing funding, plus drug donations from pharmaceutical corporations. The Summit is an opportunity to celebrate some significant achievements – especially on the Roadmap’s clear targets for reducing new cases by 2020. It’s also an opportunity to acknowledge and address the gaps, in particular that millions of people around the word who suffer from these diseases today still lack access to the medicines, diagnostics and care they desperately need.

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