Germany to give €20M to neglected disease research

MMV welcomes Germany's decision at the World Health Summit to fund R&D for diseases of poverty.

20 Oct 2010

At the World Health Summit in Berlin, 10-13 October 2010, Dr Helge Braun, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, announced Germany's decision to fund a research and development initiative for neglected tropical diseases and other infectious diseases such as malaria, meningitis and diarrhoea, which kill millions of children in developing countries.

The new four-year funding measure with its budget of €20 million will provide financial support for product development partnerships (PDPs). “Less than 20% of the funds so far provided for PDPs by other countries are used for studying neglected tropical diseases and lethal childhood illnesses. That is why the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has chosen these two priorities for the new funding measure: research into neglected tropical diseases and the study of diseases that cause the death of many children and/or particularly affect pregnant women in developing countries, such as bacterial pneumonia and meningitis, diarrhea, rheumatic fever or malaria”.

MMV participated alongside researchers, other PDPs and funding providers in a Partner Symposium hosted by the BMBF at the World Health Summit, where the role and function of PDPs was discussed. Panel members for this symposium included representatives from DFID and RBM. MMV’s President and CEO, Dr Dennis Schmatz took part as a panelist in a second symposium entitled PDP Research for Health Goods in Developing Countries.

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