2018 showed us that another way to develop life-saving drugs is possible. Travel the globe with us to see how 15 years of patient-focused research and development (R&D) are bearing fruit for the most neglected patients.
More than 180 friends, supporters, partners, celebrities, and global health influencers celebrated our 15-year anniversary with us at our Making Medical History Gala in New York City.
Hidden in the mountains, forests, and pastures of the central Andean region in Colombia are small, remote communities where Chagas disease still takes a heavy toll.
Yerko grew up in Bolivia in the small community of El Forestal in the east of the country. As a child, he and his family lived in a house with walls made of adobe bricks and a roof of palm leaves. Hidden inside the cracks and crevices in the walls and roof were kissing bugs. Yerko wanted to become a pharmacist to help people in need, but became a victim of Chagas disease.
“It just went completely white.” This is the how fisherman Akoyo Osumaka describes going blind in 2011, in the remote village of Babagulu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was a slow, creeping blindness that began a year earlier. It robbed him of his livelihood and threw his family life into disarray.
Jessica was the last member of her family to come to Los Angeles from El Salvador in search of a better life. She came from a small village and remembers seeing chinches – kissing bugs – on the floor of the adobe house where she lived as a child.
She was bitten but thought nothing of it.
From drug-resistant gonorrhoea in the US to sleeping sickness in Africa, the need to develop effective and affordable treatments has driven our work in every corner of the globe. Revisit the highlights of our year at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative.
Sani sits in the doorway of her one-room house with her baby girl Mel in her arms. A pink sunset illuminates the Durban township of KwaMashu that unfolds below her clifftop house. She looks lovingly at Mel, then takes out a syringe and struggles to give the two-year-old,a medicine that is over 40% alcohol.
Every Monday morning at a clinic on the dusty outskirts of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, sufferers of one of the world’s most neglected disease flock to the only place in the world that can offer them specialized care and treatment. Patients stream through the gates limping, on crutches, pushed by worried relatives on rusty wheelchairs or carried. Most have bandaged legs, many are amputees.