The group pledged to:
• Sustain or expand existing drug donation programs to meet demand through 2020;
• Share expertise and compounds to accelerate research and development of new drugs; and
• Provide more than $785 million to support R&D efforts and strengthen drug distribution and implementation programs.
The announcement follows a 2010 World Health Organization report that called for new resources to overcome neglected tropical diseases. The WHO this week unveiled a new strategy setting targets for what can be achieved by the end of the decade.