Neglected Diseases in the Developing World
On October 16, 2009, Tufts CSDD held the Neglected Diseases in the Developing World forum at the Capitol. This conference was a rare opportunity to hear federal, industry, academic, and other leaders discuss their views on the progress being made to develop effective treatments for neglected diseases — such as Chagas disease and dengue fever — facing those in the developing world and the unique challenges in health care delivery and access in developing countries. Attendees had the chance to learn more about the first-ever survey of global public and private investment into R&D for new products to treat neglected diseases, and and an update on the number of products approved and in development for neglected diseases. The conference also featured a panel discussion of public and private sector experts discuss how to prioritize and facilitate the discovery and development of new medical products for these diseases, as well as perspectives from NGO and public service experts on the public health impacts and current efforts to address this threat to global health, security and well-being.