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Without New Diagnostics, NTDs Will Remain Neglected

Financial Times: Neglected tropical diseases look set to remain that way
Mark Kessel, chair of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)

“…Take for example the pledge made in the London Declaration for Neglected Tropical Diseases to bring under control or eliminate by 2020 10 NTDs that plague the developing world. A major challenge in achieving the goals of the declaration lies in the lack of affordable, easy to use and accurate diagnostics to provide data for discerning the presence or absence of diseases and courses of treatment. If the declaration’s goals are to be realized, it will require significant diagnostic innovation for these low-resource settings…” (5/12).

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