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

d one in 20 patients. Today, an improved treatment option developed in 2009, a combination therapy of an oral drug with intravenous injections, has become the treatment of choice in all endemic countries. This improved treatment resulted from years of R&D efforts in sub-Saharan African countries afflicted by the disease. Today a new oral-only treatment is being tested by DNDi in remote areas of Africa, in trials that are of international standards.

'As the African scientific community, we need to strive to build the scientific excellence to take ownership of research for health,' said the Honorable Mr James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Health of Kenya. 'I believe Africa is ready to take a step in this field, to develop and implement integrated strategies for neglected diseases. But even with such integrated strategies, and the political will required to propel them, in addition to the resources required from them, we must not forget that the right tools for elimination are necessary to really see the elimination of many of these diseases,' he added.

Despite increased attention and investments over the past decade in research for neglected diseases, a recent analysis in The Lancet reported that only 1% of all health R&D investments in 2010 were for neglected diseases. (1) In a recent analysis, DNDi and MSF estimated that, while progress has been made over the past decade, still only 3.8% of newly approved drugs were for neglected diseases that accounted for 10.5% of the global disease burden. (2)

The current reflection on the progress in R&D for neglected diseases and patients in Africa comes at a time when WHO member states have also reported unprecedented progress in the control of many of these diseases. Elimination goals up to 2020 for several neglected tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness, visceral leishmaniasis, or lymphatic filariasis were set out early last year in the WHO NTD Roadmap, (3) and new health tools a
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Contact: Violaine Dällenbach
vdallenbach@dndi.org
41-794-241-474
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative
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