Congress allocates $15 million for neglected diseases

January 02, 2006

Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. EricOttesen write in the write in the Star-Telegram on January 1 about "Beating back ancient scourges of the poor":

Congress just announced an allocation of $15 million from the ForeignOperations fiscal 2006 appropriation to spur an initiative forcoordinated, cost-efficient programs to control and eliminate thoseneglected biblical diseases designated as "targets of opportunity"because of the available no-cost or low-cost, effective drug treatment. ... Indeed, partly because of the modest costs required for theirsuccessful control, if leveraged appropriately the $15 millionallocation for integrated control of these biblical diseases could havean impact on health and productivity for the world's most underservedpopulations in ways that 10 times that amount might not have for otherconditions.


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