Conversations on Neglected Tropical Diseases
Developing New Medicines and Treating Patients with Neglected Tropical Diseases
12.10.13 | By Matt Bennett
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than 1 billion people around the world and are prevalent in more than 149 countries. There are 17 NTDs that have been identified as priorities by the WHO, and these diseases can have a tremendous negative impact on populations – particularly those that already facing poverty and other difficult socioeconomic conditions.
Pharmaceutical companies, researchers, world governments and other entities are working together to address treatment, prevention and elimination of these diseases, but many challenges still remain.
For this week’s Conversations question, we asked:
According to the WHO, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect over 1 billion people worldwide, and are devastating to patients in the developing world. What is being done to get treatments to these patients and to speed development of new treatments?
We are fortunate to have many thoughtful responses this week, and I hope you will take the time to read through all of them and provide your own perspective in the comments section.