Saving 7 Million Pregnancies in Africa

March 20, 2012

Globally, an estimated 1,000 women die every day from pregnancy and childbirth complications -- the majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Both of these regions have a disproportionally high burden of diseases known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). While NTDs affect men, women, and children, one NTD in particular, hookworm, has devastating effects for pregnant women.

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Earlier this week 13 pharmaceutical companies*, together with several government and nongovernmental organizations**, pledged to find solutions to eliminate or control 10 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by the year 2020. At an event in London, pharmaceutical companies committed to invest in research and development (R&D) to find new treatments for NTDs along with increasing donations of existing drugs.

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Sabin president, Dr. Peter Hotez recently published a new editorial in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which calls on the NTD community to use the upcoming presidential and congressional elections as an opportunity to advocate for increased NTD funding. Dr.

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