For those of us in the neglected tropical disease (NTD) community, Washington, DC was an exciting place to be recently.

New framework for neglected tropical diseases could unlock potential for world’s poorest people

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 22 – A new concept and policy framework published in PLOS NTDs outlines concrete steps for the global development community as it works to synthesize health goals with economic, environmental and social priorities. The concept, “blue marble health,” emphasizes the role of the Group of 20 (G20) nations in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to expedite poverty reduction efforts.

Nearly one in six people worldwide needlessly suffer from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), yet a tremendous need for research and development of new products to treat and protect against these debilitating diseases still exists.

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