A high-profile donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has thrown a new spotlight on neglected tropical diseases although many fear progress toward eliminating some of these diseases could be scuppered by climate change. The neglected diseases are a group of chronic, disabling conditions ranging from bacterial and parasitic infections to snakebites that affect more than a billion people worldwide. These diseases contribute to an ongoing cycle of poverty and stigma, with many infected people unable to work or attend school. Controlling them will be critical to the health and economic growth of developing countries - which are also disproportionately vulnerable to climate change.

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