Global Distribution of Tropical Diseases

Communities of practice Partnerships

South-South Initiative for Tropical Diseases Research
Initiative to Strengthen Health Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA)
Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA)
Research Partnerships for Neglected Diseases of Poverty

Buruli Ulcer  Click for RSS

Buruli ulcer is caused by a bacterium, Mycobacterium ulcerans, which belongs to the same family of organisms that cause leprosy and tuberculosis. The ulcers cause extensive destruction of skin and soft tissue, and sometimes also the bone. Patients who are not treated early often suffer long-term disability, such as restriction of joint movement. They may suffer stigma as a result of their disfigurement.

Review Articles

2 Jun 2010

Do the poor benefit from infectious disease programmes?

When interventions are planned, insufficient thought is given as to whether the poorest and most vulnerable members of society will benefit, according to the findings of a new review of the evidence. The reviewers call for more research to assess which infectious disease programmes benefit the poor and to identify the mechanisms that determine “pro-poor effectiveness”.
Source: Journal
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15 Sep 2009

Neglected Tropical Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa: Review of Their Prevalence, Distribution, and Disease Burden

A review demonstrates the high burden due to NTDs in Africa. The authors call for this category of diseases to be accorded a higher priority.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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18 Nov 2010

Reactions to the WHO report on neglected tropical diseases

What is the place for research in global efforts to control neglected tropical diseases?

28 May 2010

Public searches now possible of database of global R&D funding

Access to data from the G-FINDER survey will help funders and product developers better understand where funding gaps lie and how their investments fit into the global picture.
Source: George Institute

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Editorial Opinions

24 Feb 2011

Funding research into the infectious diseases of poverty: what happens now?

The latest G-FINDER report says that funding for basic scientific research has increased but finances available for product development have fallen. How can funders determine where the greatest needs lie and work more closely together?

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Research Articles

20 May 2010

New drugs still lacking for the infectious diseases of poverty

So far in the 21st century (and with the exception of malaria and AIDS), only four new products have become available for treating or preventing infections in poor communities.
Source: PLoS ONE
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10 Feb 2010

Buruli ulcer can be treated successfully without surgery

A trial, comparing two types of antibiotic treatment, has shown that – if the disease is diagnosed early – the ulcers can be healed without surgery.
Source: Lancet
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18 Dec 2009

Neglected disease research & development: new times, new trends

The global budget for research into the infectious diseases of poverty is little changed and AIDS continues to receive a disproportionately large share of the total. But India and Brazil are emerging as key players, particular for the more neglected diseases.
Source: George Institute
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23 Dec 2008

The World Can’t Wait: More Funding Needed for Research on Neglected Infectious Diseases

US consumer group reports on government expenditure on neglected infections and says it is not enough.
Source: Families USA
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