Gates Foundation Helps Fight Parasitic Disease in Africa

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation tapped the Infectious Disease Research Institute to develop new diagnosis tests and care management procedures for African patients infected with Leishmania donovani, a parasite that causes visceral leishmaniasis. “Effective diagnostic tools are critical to fight debilitating diseases, like visceral leishmaniasis, that afflict the world’s poorest people,” said Deborah Burgess, senior program officer of the foundation. “IDRI’s work to develop accurate, affordable and simple diagnostic tests could facilitate early detection of VL, making current treatments more effective and decreasing transmission rates.” (“IDRI Awarded USD7 Million Grant From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Fight Visceral Leishmaniasis in Africa” - Infectious Disease Research Institute, Dec. 18, 2008)

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