Despite decade of innovation, much left to do on neglected tropical diseases

NAIROBI 06 June 2013 (IRIN) – Ten years ago, the main treatment for kala azar – a disease that kills up to 40,000 people every year – was a 30-day course of injections, a difficult undertaking both for patients and for the poorly equipped health centres in the remote areas where many cases of the disease occur. Today, combination therapy has cut the treatment period to 17 days in some affected areas, but scientists and health officials continue to work towards developing a simple pill that would replace painful injections and further ease treatment.

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