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Eradicating Tropical Diseases

Issue

“About 1 billion people are affected by one or more neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These diseases persist exclusively in the poorest and most marginalized communities....”
— World Health Organization (WHO)

Funding

38% of international giving for health in 2007 supported the eradication of diseases in developing countries

Challenge

How can we more effectively combat diseases of developing countries?

Strategy

Devise ways to provide inexpensive medicines and treatment to those with no access to health care

Case Study

Institute for OneWorld Health, California
  • The first U.S. nonprofit drug company, founded in 2000 by Virginia Hale
  • Develops affordable medicines to combat diseases of the developing world
  • Received a $615,000 award in 2005 from the Skoll Foundation

Results

  • Developed inexpensive, semi-synthetic anti-malarial drug component
  • Drug to treat visceral leishmaniasis in final stage of clinical trials

Research Sources


"Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases"
World Health Organization


Institute for OneWorld Health


Skoll Foundation




"Care for the Millions"
Ron Leuty
San Francisco Business Journal
11/28/2008


"The Institute for OneWorld Health: Not-for-profit Drugmaking"
Jennifer Vilaga
Fast Company
11/25/2008


Philanthropy News Digest

People in the News (2/8/09): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries
02/08/2009

SSIR@PND: Rediscovering Social Innovation
01/13/2009

People in the News (2/17/08): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries
02/17/2008

SSIR@PND: 15 Minutes with Victoria Hale
03/20/2007

New Breed of Philanthropists Combines Entrepreneurial, Charitable Goals
11/14/2006

OneWorld Health Receives $46 Million From Gates Foundation
11/02/2006

Newsmakers - Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation
09/06/2006

Charity Takes Lead in Fighting Black Fever
08/02/2006

Focus on Health Philanthropy - Related News
05/02/2006

Institute for OneWorld Health Receives $30 Million to Fight 'Black Fever'
12/02/2005

Focus on Health Philanthropy - Related News
05/03/2005

Gates Foundation Awards $10 Million For 'Black Fever' Drug
04/18/2005

People in the News (12/26/04): Appointments and Promotions
12/26/2004

Gates Foundation Awards $43 Million for Low-Cost Malaria Treatment
12/14/2004

Institute for OneWorld Health Receives $1.4 Million from Gates Foundation
07/15/2004

Gates Foundation Gives $4.6 Million to Develop Drugs for Parasitic Diseases
08/16/2002


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