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Goal to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases Moves Ahead

Governments and private donors have pledged more than $800 million to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases. The commitment was made at a five-day summit convened to advance efforts to fight river blindness, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and other disabling diseases of poverty.

In keeping with its commitment to tackle neglected tropical diseases, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is contributing $335 million in grants to support projects over the next four years.

Neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, affect more than one-and-a-half billion people in 149 countries, including more than one-half billion children. They kill about 170,000 people yearly and cause untold suffering read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com

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