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ICMR along with other International Research organisation with drug development for Neglected Diseases,,

Malaria, Tuberculosisand leprosy, are the world’s most neglected diseases along with diseases such as kala azar(leishmaniasis),sleeping sickness( human African trypanosomiasis)and Chagas disease, that afflict the deeply impoverished in developing countries and account for 90% of the global disease burden however ironically, a mere 10% of global health research is devoted to these diseases.//
In a laudable initiative, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Nobel Prize winning Organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and four eminent public research institutes from around the world have joined forces to address the lack of research and development in drugs for neglected diseases.This Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative or DNDi, will work in close collaboration with WHO/TDR (Tropical Disease Research) program (1).
"Parasites don’t make headline news and they don’t make a profit, so despite TDR’s successes working with both the private and public sector, it has been difficult to find partners and increased investment for neglected diseases over the years," said Dr Carlos Morel, TDR (Tropical Disease Research) Director. "We are excited about collaborating with DNDi and hope that it will play a key role in raising awareness and investment and in speeding up the process of turning research into usable drugs for the most neglected diseases."

"Millions die each year from lack of effective, affordable drugs for curable tropical diseases," said Bernard Pecoul, Director of MSF’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines. In a press release from WHO it said that the world’s most neglected patients desperately need new, affordable, accessible and effective drugs, but their diseases do not represent a market profitable enough to attract Research and Development (R&D). Investment in drugs for neglected diseases is a mere trickle compared to the large amount invested in R&D for possible blockbuster drugs for diseases like cancer and
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