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WHO pressures Big Pharma to donate more drugs for tropical diseases

The World Health Organization is urging pharma companies to help combat neglected tropical diseases via increased drugs donations. WHO said that while companies like Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline are major donors, further industry assistance is needed. ‘There is no group of diseases that is so intimately linked to poverty. The medicines exist but they are too expensive and neither do the people have the money to be able to pay’

April 24, 2017
In-Pharma Technologist

Communicable diseases

Amid WHO praise for tackling tropical disease, concern over rise in leprosy

While India earned an honourable mention in a new WHO report on neglected tropical diseases (NTD), it is also one of the handful of countries around the world that have shown an increase in leprosy cases. The number of leprosy cases in India went up from 125,786 to 127,326 between 2014 and 2015 

April 20, 2017
Indian Express

World Health Organization hails major progress on tackling tropical diseases

The WHO director general announced that significant strides have been made in the fight against sleeping sickness, elephantiasis and other neglected tropical diseases. Data from WHO showed that in 2015 more than 60% of the 1.6bn people suffering from neglected tropical diseases received treatment. In the same year there were fewer reported cases of sleeping sickness than in any other year since records began. There were roughly 3,000 cases of sleeping sickness recorded in 2015, an 89% reduction in numbers since 2000. There were only 25 cases of Guinea worm disease, a condition that affected 3.5m people in 1986

April 19, 2017
The Guardian, Reuters, BBC
April 18, 2017
Financial Times
April 20, 2017
The Times