Neglected diseases

Fundación Mundo Sano contributes with field research to public policies aimed at improving the lives of people affected by neglected diseases, which are those that affect the most vulnerable sectors of the community.

Neglected diseases are a group of infectious diseases, many of them parasitic, which affect populations that live in socioeconomic conditions of poverty and that have problems accessing health services.

More than a billion people – one sixth of the world’s population – suffer from at least one of these diseases, in Africa and Latin America, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 70 % of the countries and territories affected by these diseases have low or medium-low income economies.

These diseases prevail in tropical and humid climates, are chronic and have lasting effects on people’s health.For the most part, they receive little attention and are postponed when establishing priorities in public health policies, added to the lack of reliable statistics that have also hindered efforts to make them known. The neglect also occurs in research and development.

Many of the neglected diseases can be prevented, eliminated and even eradicated if, as stressed by the World Health Organization, access to already existing safe and profitable interventions is improved.

To address these diseases, Fundación Mundo Sano develops programs and projects aligned with its three pillars: translational research, knowledge dissemination and public-private cooperation.