The Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) has announced a $29.97 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of efforts to eliminate five neglected tropical diseases.
The grant will fund research over the next five years aimed at addressing the remaining barriers countries face in controlling and eliminating lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, and trachoma. Based at the Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, Georgia, and funded by the Gates Foundation, USAID, and the United Kingdom, COR-NTD has, since 2013, supported more than a hundred and eighty studies on operational issues faced by national programs in their fight against NTDs.
A coalition of researchers, program implementers, and their in-country partners, COR-NTD is affiliated with Emory University and was convened by the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTDSC) following the 2012 London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. According to data from the World Health Organization, the number of people requiring preventive treatment for NTDs has fallen by more than three hundred million since the London event.
"Tremendous progress has been made in the past decade to end the suffering caused by neglected tropical diseases," said Patrick Lammie, chief scientist at the center. "This investment provides the NTD community with resources to address the remaining technical barriers to program success."
"Ministries of health drive the successful control and elimination of NTDs in their countries," said NTDSC director Eric Ottesen. "Where they face barriers in getting treatments to people who need them or knowing when to stop treating — that's where operational research comes in."