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Leishmania parasites are named after W.B. Leishman, who developed one of the earliest stains of Leishmania in 1901. Widespread in 22 countries in the New World and in 66 nations in the Old World, leishmaniasis is not found in South-east Asia. Human infections are found in 16 countries in Europe, including France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Spain and Portugal. Occurring in several forms, the disease is generally recognized for its cutaneous form which causes non-fatal, disfiguring lesions, although epidemics of the potentially fatal visceral form cause thousands of deaths.

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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31 May 2010

Treating patients with visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent: the evidence from clinical trials

A review of trials concludes that three drugs are of overall benefit, despite their side effects. Most research has been conducted in India; more must be done to confirm which drugs work best in Bangladesh and Nepal and to bring effective treatment to patients in all three countries.
Source: Journal
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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?

16 Nov 2010

Confronting neglected protozoan diseases: understanding the challenges, developing the solutions

Scientists interested in research on neglected protozoan diseases were recently given an opportunity to hear presentations from leaders in the field, and to consider the emerging findings and progress of eight major research projects.

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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

28 Jan 2011

Treating cutaneous leishmaniasis in Brazil: good news from new trial

Three-quarters of the patients given the drug miltefosine were cured of their infection, compared with only half of those on the standard treatment.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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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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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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