Diseases of poverty

Diseases of poverty are a diverse group of communicable diseases caused by a variety of viruses, bacteria, protozoa and other parasites. They include diseases such as malaria, neglected tropical diseases such as leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis, as well as many others that are not yet high on the global agenda. Diseases of poverty are predominantly endemic in low-income populations in certain regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America where the poorest and most vulnerable populations, who have less power to intervene, bear the brunt. Diseases of poverty are both cause and consequence of poverty.
The past decade has seen unprecedented global investment in control of these diseases, both in roll-out of proven technologies and in research into new interventions. There have been some successes, but perennial issues such as drug and insecticide resistance remain. Achieving significant, sustained reductions in disease burden and transmission, let alone elimination, will in most cases require an effective and affordable vaccine.
The challenges for development of vaccines for diseases of poverty are significant for researchers, donors and industry. EVI is finding solutions with all these stakeholders.