New Neglected Diseases policy paper —
freely accessible online today.

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We’d like to draw your attention to a policy paper published online today, entitled Incorporating a Rapid-Impact Package for Neglected Tropical Diseases with Programs for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria by Peter Hotez and colleagues. If you want to share these results with colleagues, please forward this email to them—all PLoS Medicine papers are free to everyone.

This thought-provoking piece provides joined-up thinking on the health benefits that could flow from the integration of efforts to combat the neglected tropical diseases (such as leishmaniasis, leprosy, hookworm) with the current global focus on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in the developing world. The significant areas of overlap between these diseases lend themselves well to an integrated approach. An accompanying Perspective by Jürg Utzinger and Don de Savigny, experts in the field, analyzes the broad-ranging global health implications of this study.

Published to coincide with the UN Millennium Project’s Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Quick Impact Initiative Meeting to be held at the Nobel Forum in Stockholm today and tomorrow, the authors believe that this paper will play an important role in shaping debate at this significant event and will articulate their vision at a press conference to be held today.

Since its launch, PLoS Medicine has shown its determination to publish articles on neglected tropical diseases such as the influential paper that showed that for just US$0.40 per person per year it would be possible to bring better health to several hundred million polyparasitized and disenfranchised poor in Africa.

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