Funding in Africa is concentrating too heavily on the “big three”BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7521.866-a (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:866
- Klaus Morales
Certain tropical diseases are being unjustly ignored in Africa because funding is so heavily concentrated on the “big three” diseases—HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria—says a new study by David Molyneux and colleagues (PLoS Medicine, doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020336).
The neglected tropical diseases, including schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, and the soil-transmitted helminth infections, are responsible for as many as 500 000 deaths a year. But the international health community gives priority to the big three.
“Instead of 95% of funding being addressed to the big three, give them 90% and we will be able to do a …