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Gates foundation pledges new funds to fight neglected diseases

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b454

Rx for the Gates Foundation

The most neglected diseases are poverty, hunger, homelessness, and addiction,
all of which are intractable and ubiquitous. These pandemic diseases are
especially devastating, because they leave victims stigmatized, ostracized, and
isolated - without opportunity, hope, or the will to live. The Gates Foundation
should approach these diseases as interrelated elements of a single syndrome
and fund non-pharmaceutical interdisciplinary research which seeks new
understanding and practical treatment modalities. Let’s shine a light of
attention and compassion on those who are neglected and helpless.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

14 February 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA