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10 years of health innovation in Africa
Date:6/5/2013

[Nairobi, Kenya - 5 June 2013] Days after two landmark resolutions were adopted at the World Health Assembly on neglected tropical diseases and on research and development (R&D), financing and coordination for the health needs of developing countries over 400 scientists, representatives and ministers of health, ambassadors, national control programme representatives, African regulators, health workers, public health experts, and activists from 21 African countries and 10 others from around the world gather in Nairobi to take stock of health innovation for neglected diseases in Africa over the past decade. While progress has been made, and certain diseases are targeted for elimination, the need for strong leadership, coordination, and sustainable funding is as pressing as ever and is critical to achieving much-needed breakthroughs.

Participants in the event 'A Decade of R&D for Neglected Diseases in Africa' organized by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) on the occasion of its 10-year anniversary, with its African founding partner, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), will look at progress to date, gaps needing to be filled, and current and future development of new, field-adapted, affordable treatments, diagnostics, and vaccines for neglected diseases and patients throughout Africa.

'Neglected patient medical needs specific to Africa are many, and as scientists and policymakers in Africa, we need to share research and resources across borders to save time and money to help those most in need,' said Dr Monique Wasunna, Director of DNDi Africa, and Assistant Director of Research at KEMRI. 'By harmonizing efforts across Africa, we can strengthen our ability to turn research into concrete solutions for the health needs of the most neglected.'

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Contact: Violaine Dällenbach
vdallenbach@dndi.org
41-794-241-474
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative
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