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Burkina Faso: Some $450 million in medicines for “neglected” diseases
Author: IRIN News (Integrated Regional Information Networks), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Published on: 30 January 2008
Pharmaceutical companies have pledged some US$450 million worth of medicines to Burkina Faso to fight “neglected” diseases that blind or otherwise debilitate millions of people in the country, according to the health minister... The nationwide programme takes on...lymphatic filiariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, trachoma and intestinal worms... The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting Burkina’s NTD programme, with the medicines being donated by pharmaceutical firms Pfizer, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline...