We develop life-saving medicines for people with neglected diseases around the world


We develop lifesaving medicines for people with neglected diseases around the world

DNDi puts patients – not profits – at the heart of R&D

Millions of people around the world die every year from lack of treatment. Yet only a fraction of the world’s pharmaceutical research and development focuses on diseases affecting poor and vulnerable communities.

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative discovers, develops, and delivers treatments for neglected communities around the world suffering from diseases for which there are few – if any – effective treatments.


Out of the Shadows: The Story of DNDi

Our film ‘Out of the Shadows’ tells the story of DNDi researchers around the world working to develop treatments for patients who have lived in the shadows for too long. In a world affected by climate change, conflict, and economic instability, we must continue innovating together to ensure the most vulnerable people are no longer neglected.

Saving millions of lives since 2003

Among DNDi’s thirteen treatments delivered are fexinidazole (2018), the first-ever all-oral treatment for sleeping sickness; and a child-friendly, sweet-tasting treatment for children living with HIV (2022).

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Our goal: 25 patient-friendly treatments by 2028

We work with more than 200 partners worldwide to deliver treatments that are affordable and specifically designed for the people and places in most need.

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Join a team of scientists and healthcare workers working to speed up research to deliver life-saving treatments for the most neglected

Born on the frontlines of medical action

When the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, they dedicated a portion of the award to exploring a new, alternative, not-for-profit model for developing drugs for neglected patients.

In 2003, DNDi was founded by MSF, the World Health Organization, Institut Pasteur, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and the Malaysian Ministry of Health.

Today, we collaborate with pharmaceutical companies, ministries of health, academia, civil society, and patient groups to innovate for neglected populations. Working at every stage of the drug development process, we pioneer open-source drug discovery to find new compounds for neglected diseases, conduct clinical trials in the world’s most remote areas, and ensure equitable access to the treatments we develop.

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Founded in 2003

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Researching 10+ diseases affecting the most vulnerable
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20+ clinical studies under way
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At 50+ sites in 15+ countries

Help neglected patients

DNDi’s generous supporters make sure we can take on the devastating diseases affecting the people who need our help the most. Help us reach our goal of 25 new treatments by 2028!

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