Funding in Africa is concentrating too heavily on the “big three”

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:866
  1. Klaus Morales
  1. BMJ

    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 …

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