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Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Eric
Ottesen 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 Foreign
Operations fiscal 2006 appropriation to spur an initiative for
coordinated, cost-efficient programs to control and eliminate those
neglected 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 their
successful control, if leveraged appropriately the $15 million
allocation for integrated control of these biblical diseases could have
an impact on health and productivity for the world's most underserved
populations in ways that 10 times that amount might not have for other
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