In The Top Five
- The G-finder report says India, SA and Brazil among top five funders of R&D for neglected diseases
- India displaced large government donors like Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands
India spent about Rs 160 crore
- There are 31 neglected diseases worldwide, including pneumonia, meningitis, leprosy and dengue
For once, India finds itself in a top five global list— and it’s of those nations spending on R&D in neglected diseases like leprosy, dengue and meningitis. Historically, global health R&D has been driven by industrialised countries, but the latest G-Finder annual survey by the George Institute for International Health, Australia, found that developing countries have increased their share in the pie.
The institute surveyed 208 organisations in 44 countries for work on 31 neglected diseases and found that “Brazil, South Africa and India invested...