N8 Parasitology Group lead Mark Booth talked to New Statesman on 3 February 2012 about tackling neglected tropical diseases with a collaborative and flexible approach.
“The publication of the latest malaria mortality estimates in the Lancet this week was remarkable for two things: 1 – the substantial increase on previous estimates and 2 – the uncertainty it introduces in terms of how close we are to eradicating the disease. Contrast this paper with another important event earlier in the week where Bill Gates and representatives from a good number of big pharmaceutical and global health agencies signed the so-called ‘London Declaration’ on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The discussion and subsequent press releases offered nothing but certainty and an end to suffering, backed up with hundreds of millions of dollars and collaborative commitments.”
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