Road map unveiled to tackle neglected diseases | Development studies and int'l cooperation |

The World Health Organization laid out plans to control or eliminate a swathe of diseases that predominantly affect the world’s poorest people. To tackle neglected tropical diseases, as they are known, it is bringing together national governments, the pharmaceutical industry and philanthropists.


Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are estimated to affect more than one billion people worldwide, but because most of these people are in poor, rural areas of the developing world they have generally attracted little in the way of research efforts to find cures, or supply of treatments that already exist.