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Funding for Neglected Diseases Increases to $2.5 Billion, But Big Killer Diseases Miss Out - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Results of first ever global survey of public and private investment into R&D for neglected diseases

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

LONDON -- The first survey of global public and private investment into research and development (R&D) for new products for neglected diseases has found that funding was over $2.5 billion in 2007. The lion's share of funding—almost 80 percent—went towards HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. Many significant diseases responsible for killing millions of people in developing countries—including pneumonia and diarrheal diseases—remain underfunded, and collectively received less than 6 percent of total funding. These are the results of the G-FINDER 'Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Disease' survey, released and published in London today by the George Institute for International Health.

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