The U.S. Agency for International Development estimates that USD1 billion is needed in the next five years to fight tropical diseases. The U.S. aid agency is seeking USD65 million in the next budget to combat such diseases, USAID official Christy Hanson said.
Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, said he was satisfied that the allocation of USAID for tropical diseases is increasing. But more funding is needed, he said, urging European countries, private donors and China to scale up their funding, Voice of America reports.
Tropical diseases are “a stealth reason why the bottom billion cannot escape poverty,” Hotez said.