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Developing Countries: Diseases

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the funding of the public-private product development partnerships for diagnostics for neglected diseases. (189268)

The UK Government are a strong supporter of public-private product development partnerships for neglected diseases, recognising the need to develop new diagnostics.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced over $60 million in support for TB diagnostics research in September 2007 in a grant to the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), who also receive funding from the Dutch Government, EU and USAID. DFID staff have had a number of meetings with FIND and we will be considering funding for diagnostics in the context of DFID’s new research strategy 2008-13.