Thank you for reading our Annual Report for 2015 – 2016. It is a summary of our activities throughout the year. We encourage you to give us feedback on how we can be more effective in the global health arena and to you and your institution. We hope it encourages new institutions, organizations and individuals to join the Consortium. Only by working together, across a broad range of medical and non-medical disciplines and with academia, civil society, international organizations, the private sector and governments, will we be able to tackle the complex challenges before us.
Neglected diseases affect more than 1 billion people around the world. They disproportionately impact the poor causing tremendous suffering, disability and sometimes death. Most are preventable or treatable. Sadly, funding to address these neglected diseases is at its lowest level since 2007.
Increased funding across all sectors is needed to develop new therapeutics and enable people to access the treatments they need. Without this, over 1 billion individuals will suffer needlessly, many of whom are amongst the world’s most vulnerable people.