New, Once-a-Day Fixed-Dose Combination Against Malaria Now Available

[ Paris – March 1st, 2007 ]
Sanofi-aventis and the non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) announced today that ASAQ, the new fixed-dose combination of artesunate (AS) and amodiaquine (AQ), will soon be available throughout sub-Saharan Africa. ASAQ is the first drug developed by the FACT (Fixed-dose, Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy) partners, managed by DNDi in partnership with sanofi-aventis.

Waking Up Governments for Research on Neglected Diseases

[Geneva – May 16, 2006 ]
The R&D Appeal launched in June 2005 by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), its founding partners, Oxfam, and the BIOS initiative, urges governments to take greater leadership in R&D on neglected diseases.

Two New Malaria Treatments Available in 2006

[ Washington , DC – December  11, 2005 ]
First medicines developed by Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) will be easier to use and less expensive than current ACTs, but action is needed to make sure the treatments reach patients.

DNDi and Indian scientists collaborate in hunt for new drugs for neglected diseases

[ Delhi, India – October 4, 2005 ]
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a not-for-profit drug development initiative, is collaborating with the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) Lucknow to test their library of compounds for possible activity against parasites that cause deadly neglected diseases such as kala azar and sleeping sickness.

Boosting Innovation for Neglected Diseases

[ June 8, 2005 ]
Call to governments to provide significant and sustained support to bring essential new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics to people suffering and dying from neglected diseases.

CIPIH Report could change the lives of neglected patients

[ Geneva – April 5, 2006 ]
DNDi welcomes the final report of the WHO’s Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH). The report clearly states that it is imperative for governments to set global health priorities and promote innovation to develop and deliver much-needed medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics adapted to the needs of the sick and neglected in developing countries.

DFID’s funding of DNDi in the news…

[Geneva –March 9, 2005 ]
UK government commits £6.5 million to DNDi’s research for new medicines for neglected diseases
RealHealthNews interview with Bernard Pecoul regarding DFID funding of DNDi.

DNDi Welcomes WHO’s Call to Halt Malaria Monotherapy

[ Geneva , Switzerland – January 20, 2005 ]
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) welcomes the warning issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) to stop selling artemisinin as a monotherapy for malaria, and thus, to prevent the development of resistance to the drug.

DNDi Clinical Trials for Paromomycin begin in Sudan

[ Geneva – November 22, 2004 ]
DNDi‘s first clinical trial site in Um El Kher, Sudan, is up and running. The first patient started treatment on 17 November 2004. Over the next 6 months, 150 patients are expected to join the trial LEAP 0104 at this site managed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and led by Dr Manica Balasegaram.

The gap is growing: More resources needed now for neglected diseases

[ Geneva – November 11, 2004 ]
Two important conferences convene this month that will decide the future of patients suffering from neglected diseases in the poorer countries of the world: The Ministerial Summit on Health Research, November 16-20 in Mexico City, and the Dutch Government / WHO “Priority Medicines for the Citizens of Europe and the World” meeting, 18 November in The Hague.