Five Forgotten Diseases in Need of Medical Research

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Some diseases seem to be less of a priority in terms of research and development. Yet they are amongst some of the deadliest. According to the NGO Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), only 3.8 percent of newly approved drugs (excluding vaccines) were for tropical diseases, Tuberculosis, and other neglected infections. These account for 10.5 percent of the global burden of disease, which measures the number of years lost (because of premature death) or spent in sickness because of a disease. 

The two organizations recently held a conference at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, USA, showcasing the documentary work five photojournalists from the photo agency VII did on five forgotten sicknesses: multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar), Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), Chagas and vaccine-preventable diseases.

Photos courtesy of MSF. 

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