Partnering to address the needs of neglected patients in India and globally

Taking an end-to-end approach, from new chemical entities to patient access

23 January 2019
Flyer of an event in India on Innovation for Neglected Diseases in South Asia New Delhi, India

DNDi in India is organizing a 15 year anniversary celebration event in New Delhi, India on 23 January 2019. The event will share DNDi’s journey in last 15 years, its achievements in the field of neglected diseases, and discuss opportunities for R&D and innovation for neglected patients. On this occasion, we will launch a new special collection of articles to be published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) written by regional and international authors on unmet treatment needs in South Asia for neglected diseases and emerging infectious diseases.






Time: 17:00-18:10

Welcome address
Dr Suman Rijal, Director, DNDi in India & Dr Anita Jain, Editor, BMJ India
15 years of DNDi: its achievements and its future in the region
Dr Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director, DNDi
Supporting the expansion of drug discovery for neglected diseases in India: New policies & initiatives
Prof. Balram Bhargava, Secretary, DHR, MOHFW & DG-ICMR
Public and private sector partnerships for innovation in drug R&D: the future in India
Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT, GoI

Role of Academia in innovation and drug development in India
Dr Shekhar C Mande, Secretary DSIR &, DG-CSIR India

Opportunities for the Indian pharmaceutical industry in a global health context, from new chemical entities to delivery
Dr Jaideep A Gogtay, Global Chief Medical Officer, Cipla Limited
Treatment access for neglected patients: examples from three diseases
Leena Menghaney, Head- South Asia, MSF Access Campaign



Unmet treatment needs in South Asia: A snapshot of five diseases and their R&D needs

Time: 18:10-19:40

Chairs: Dr Suman Rijal, Director, DNDi in India & Dr Anita Jain, Editor, BMJ India

Introductory remarks
Dr Suman Rijal, Director, DNDi in India & Dr Anita Jain, Editor, BMJ India
The kala-azar elimination initiative in South Asia: challenges ahead
Dr Shyam Sundar, Medical field, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, India
Elimination of lymphatic filariasis in South-East Asia: current status and challenges
Dr TK Suma, Prof of Internal Medicine, Medical College Hospital, Alappuzha, Kerala
Exploring determinants of poor clinical outcomes and their mitigation in South Asia’s snakebite victims
Dr Ravikar Ralph, Christian Medical College & Hospital, India

Neonatal sepsis in South Asia: Huge burden and spiralling antimicrobial resistance
Dr Ramesh Agarwal, Newborn Health Knowledge Centre (NHKC), Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India

The treatment of multidrug-resistant enteric fever in south Asia- unmet medical needs, research and development gaps and opportunities
Dr Priscilla Rupali, Professor and Head of the Department Infectious Diseases, Christian Medical College, India
Neglected disease innovations in India: Addressing the Research Policy Gaps
Dr Zakir Thomas, Commissioner of Income Tax, Indian Revenue Service, Government of India