The London Declaration: A Tipping Point For The World’s Poor

A moment like this doesn’t come around often. In London today, global health leaders — the CEOs of major pharmaceutical companies, Bill Gates, WHO Director General Margaret Chan, senior government officials from endemic and donor countries, and others — announced an unprecedented commitment to control or eliminate 10 diseases by the end of this decade.

We have a unique opportunity to meet the World Health Organization’s 2020 targets for NTD control and elimination. Success would represent one of the most cost-effective means to lift 1 billion people out of poverty and prevent needless suffering among future generations.

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