Neglected tropical diseases

"We will fight neglected tropical disease"

11 July 09 | Ghana

U.S President Barack Obama

On his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, US President Barack Obama highlighted his pledge of $63 billion to fight diseases. He reiterated: "We will fight neglected tropical disease … invest in public health systems that promote wellness and focus on the health of mothers and children".



Partial transcript of the President's speech relating to diseases and public health.


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"When a child dies of a preventable illness in Accra, that diminishes us everywhere. And when disease goes unchecked in any corner of the world, we know that it can spread across oceans and continents."

"That is why my administration has committed $63 billion to meet these challenges. Building on the strong efforts of President Bush, we will carry forward the fight against HIV/AIDS. We will pursue the goal of ending deaths from malaria and tuberculosis, and eradicating polio. We will fight neglected tropical disease. And we won’t confront illnesses in isolation — we will invest in public health systems that promote wellness and focus on the health of mothers and children."

U.S President Barack Obama.


"President Obama's stance on neglected tropical diseases is perhaps the strongest political determination yet in favour of more than a billion people who suffer from disabilities caused by one or more of these diseases. We welcome with enthusiasm the President's commitment, particularly in Africa where the fight against neglected tropical diseases is one of the best means to strengthen public health systems, serving the poor and the weakest."

Dr. Lorenzo Savioli, Director, Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva.

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