Development assistance for neglected tropical diseases: progress since 2009

Int Health. 2014 Sep;6(3):162-71. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihu052. Epub 2014 Aug 5.


Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is an umbrella term for a diverse group of debilitating infections that represent the most common afflictions for 2.7 billion people living on less than US$2 per day. Major efforts have recently re-focused attention on NTDs, including structured advocacy by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, technical and political support by WHO and large-scale drug donation programs by pharmaceutical companies. An analysis of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) for NTDs in 2009 showed that Development Assistance Committee members and multilateral donors had largely ignored funding NTD control projects. This study reviews the changes since 2009 and finds an increased engagement by pharmaceutical manufacturers through drug donation programs substantially increased by the 'London Declaration' in 2012, a focused effort of 77 public and private partners on control or elimination of the 10 most common NTDs, but no increase in ODA for NTDs between 2008 and 2012. The allocation of ODA still does not reflect the respective importance of these diseases.

Keywords: Drug donations; Financing; Neglected tropical diseases; Official development assistance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Altruism
  • Communicable Disease Control* / methods
  • Communicable Disease Control* / organization & administration
  • Drug Industry
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Neglected Diseases / drug therapy
  • Neglected Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships
  • Tropical Climate
  • Tropical Medicine / methods*