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Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Partners with IDB, PAHO to Control and Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases in Latin America, Caribbean
Date:9/8/2009

Global Network, at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, Provides $2.5 Million Grant to Establish a Financing Mechanism to Immediately Begin Supporting NTD Programs in the Region; Marks First Financing Partnership Developed Under Gates Foundation Grant

Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 8, 2009 -- The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases announced today that it is partnering with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to launch a major effort to fight neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) plaguing more than 200 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean. To help launch this effort, the Global Network provided a $2.5 million grant to establish a financing mechanism that will immediately begin supporting NTD programs in the region.

"We are proud to be part of this extraordinary partnership to help control and eventually eliminate some of these devastating diseases from the region," said Kari Stoever, Managing Director of the Global Network. "This new partnership is the first milestone reached in developing Regional Funds under the generous Gates Foundation grant awarded to the Global Network to foster collaboration to defeat neglected tropical diseases. It also is a concrete example of how organizations and governments can work together to support new investments to reach control and elimination goals under President Obama's Global Health Initiative."

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