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March 23, 2012

This was the first in a series of feature articles about ‘neglected tropical diseases’ for the Wellcome Trust blog.

Wellcome Trust Blog

Neglected tropical diseases - Wellcome News cover artwork‘Neglected tropical diseases’ is a new name for old diseases that cause long-term suffering among the world’s poorest people. The Wellcome Trust and others have funded research into these diseases for decades, but the fruits of this research have not always reached the people most in need. Michael Regnier spoke to some of the scientists who coined the new phrase to raise awareness of these diseases, and to Trust-funded researchers whose work is helping to develop better solutions for tackling them.

The ‘big three’ infectious diseases in global health are the all too familiar HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Less well known are a host of other infections endemic across the world. Caused by a motley variety of parasites, viruses and bacteria, these diseases are a serious problem in low- and middle-income countries, causing deaths, long-term disability and disadvantage. They are diseases of poverty, mostly affecting the world’s poorest nations and…

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