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World Cup fever boosts fight against neglected diseases

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1410
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    A new mechanism to fund drugs for developing countries has been inaugurated at the current World Cup football tournament. The international drug purchase facility, financed by a tax levied on airline tickets and administered by a new initiative called UnitAid, will be used to pay for drugs against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

    Initiated by Brazil's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and President Jacques Chirac of France and adopted at February's Paris conference on innovative financing for development, UnitAid comes under the remit of the World Health Organization, …

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