Neglected Diseases

Neglected Diseases PLOS Medicine's Neglected Diseases section began with the launch of the journal in October 2004. Up until February 2008, the section focused on tropical infectious diseases, such as Buruli ulcer, trachoma, and hookworm. A list of the 21 articles published from October 2004 to February 2008 can be found in the Supporting Information section of our February 2008 Editorial. With the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases in October 2007, the focus of the Neglected Diseases section of PLOS Medicine shifted from tropical diseases to other health problems that could be considered neglected and that have a significant global burden (such as reproductive and maternal health problems, mental illness in low- and middle-income countries, road traffic injuries, and health problems related to migration and conflict.). Read the February 2008 Editorial for information about the section.

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“Rapid-Impact Interventions”: How a Policy of Integrated Control for Africa's Neglected Tropical Diseases Could Benefit the Poor

  • David H Molyneux,
  • Peter J Hotez mail,

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  • Alan Fenwick
  • Published: October 11, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020336

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DHM is supported by the UK Department for International Development and GlaxoSmithKline (London, United Kingdom) and participates in the Mectizan Expert Committee/Albendazole Coordination meetings, which are supported by Merck and Company (Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, United States of America) and GlaxoSmithKline. JH is an inventor on an international patent application (PCT/US02/33106; filed 11 November, 2002) entitled “Hookworm Vaccine.” PJH is also Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Sabin Vaccine Institute (New Canaan, Connecticut, United States of America) and a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Pfizer Fellowships in Infectious Diseases. AF is Director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, Washington, United States of America).