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Pres. Clinton Announces Commitment From Inter-American Development Bank, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Pan American Health Organization to Mobilize $30 Million to Fight NTDs in the Americas at CGI Conference
Date:9/23/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the Clinton Global Initiative today, the Inter-American Development Bank joined with the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to announce their commitment to mobilize $30 million from the public and private sectors to raise awareness and funding for NTD control and elimination in the Americas, supported by technical assistance from the Pan American Health Organization, regional office of the World Health Organization for the Americas.

These efforts will work alongside existing programs aimed at reducing the suffering from NTDs for people in the Americas. Recognizing the opportunity to make major strides in fighting NTDs in the region, several additional organizations are joining this partnership, including:

  • The Brazilian National Soccer Team - committing to raising awareness of NTDs in Brazil and the Americas
  • Deworm the World - Donating 20 million deworming tablets to treat intestinal worms in pre-school and school-age children in the region
  • GlaxoSmithKline - Reaffirming its support through its long-standing donation of albendazole for the global elimination of lymphatic filariasis
  • Lew Lara/TBWA - Committing to providing in-kind advertising and brand marketing strategy services for the partnership's initial advocacy efforts in the Americas
  • Maureen Orth - As a Global Network Regional Ambassador, is committing to raise awareness in Colombia of the impact NTDs have on the physical and cognitive development of children and the links between deworming and education
  • Miss Universe Organization - Current and former pageant participants will go to regions to raise awareness and help deliver drug treatments
  • Partners for Philanthropic Change - Committing to secure $10 million for partnerships to be used toward NTD control in the Americas

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