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DNDi receives the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Development Cooperation
Date:6/19/2013

This news release is available in Spanish.

For those familiar with the field of neglected diseases, it goes by the name of the 10/90 gap: only 10 per cent of global health research was devoted to conditions that accounted for 90 per cent of the global disease burden. It was to counteract this imbalance that the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) came into being in 2003. Coinciding with its tenth anniversary year, the organization has been granted the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Development Cooperation category. Its Executive Director, Bernard Pcoul, announced at a press conference that new drugs DNDi is working on "could dramatically change the management of some of these neglected diseases."

The organization and its partners are studying new, easier-to-administer oral drugs against diseases such as sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, and leishmaniasis, which both cause and result from poverty. DNDi has already delivered improved treatments against these diseases by combining or reformulating existing medicines, and now has new chemical compounds at different stages of the testing process.

Also under development is a new formulation of antiretroviral treatment for pediatric HIV. Pcoul remarked at the conference that 350,000 children each year need antiretroviral treatment and that of this number 90% are born in Africa. Although HIV is a widely studied disease, "not enough is being done specifically for infants and toddlers in developing countries." Today's treatments are neither child friendly they taste bad and contain alcohol nor suitable for patients in certain areas they need refrigeration. Two years ago, DNDi started a project to combine four drugs in one; a pleasant-tasting formulation that doesn't require the cold chai
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Contact: Violaine Dällenbach
vdallenbach@dndi.org
41-794-241-474
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative
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