G-Finder Report: DNDi calls for increase in global R&D funding for NTDs on the first World NTD Day

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The annual G-FINDER report, published on the first World NTD Day, showed that global funding for neglected disease R&D rose to $4 billion in 2018, the highest level ever recorded, and the first time that funding has grown for three consecutive years. However, funding for NTDs has been essentially flat for the past decade. In fact, it has gone backwards: funding for these diseases was almost 10% lower in 2018 than it was 2009, dropping by $34m, or 9.1%.

PAHO secures significant price reductions for hepatitis C medicines

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The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has succeeded in reducing the price of expensive medicines that can cure people living with hepatitis C (HCV), according to an announcement made at its 57th Directing Council meeting. This significant a move could enable national programmes to scale up diagnosis and treatment and eliminate HCV as a public health problem.

Voices of Chagas in the USA

Woman sitting at a tableAround 300,000 people have Chagas disease in the USA. Read the stories of people living with this silent disease in California.

DNDi uses global mobile data service developed by FIND to manage clinical data in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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DNDi is piloting a global SIM card service designed by The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) to send clinical trial data securely from several clinical sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SIMs are small cards containing chips that are used in mobile phones and other connected devices to transmit data over the Internet in a secure manner.

DNDi remembers Derrick Wong, highly valued Board member

Derrick Wong

It is with great sadness that DNDi has learned of the passing of Derrick Wong, a highly valued member of the DNDi Board of Directors for six years. Derrick was involved in the creation of DNDi in 2002 and 2003, and he served on the Board and chaired the Finance and Audit Committee from 2011 to 2018. He stepped down from his posts a year ago due to illness.

R&D Portfolio Update February 2019: DNDi Sleeping sickness programme

Lab technicians looking into microscope in a clinical working on sleeping sickness

Fexinidazole, the first all-oral treatment for both stages of HAT caused by T.b gambiense and DNDi’s first new chemical entity, was recommended by the European Medicines Agency in November and registered in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in December 2018. The Phase II/III study on acoziborole opened new clinical sites in DRC and Guinea.