PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dr. Peter Hotez analyzes the 6th Millennium Development Goal, and offers insights into what's needed to end these preventable diseases. 

One of the most dramatic international responses to the Millennium Development Goals launched by then United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan in 2000 has been the global public health community’s response to MDG 6 “To combat AIDS, malaria and other diseases.” For HIV/AIDS it led to President George W. Bush’s launch in 2003 of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in order to get people in resource-poor countries on antiretroviral drugs, and also to the ambitious Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM), and later to large scale neglected tropical disease programs launched by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),  British Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) for administering rapid impact packages of anthelminthic drugs, together with azithromycin, in order to target seven of the most common NTDs.

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