Pandemics and Urgent Health Crises Fund
Emerging and neglected diseases encompass a variety of debilitating, and often deadly, infections. Neglected diseases have co-existed with humans for millennia, such as malaria, tuberculosis and leprosy. Emerging diseases are new diseases that may have come from drug-resistant forms of familiar pathogens or may be zoonotic diseases that have leapt from animals to people. You recognize them by names like Ebola, HIV, Zika, SARS and now COVID-19.
In supporting CEND, you help a set of people and projects underway in response to COVID-19.
Examples range from testing existing FDA-approved therapeutics against the novel coronavirus in our Drug Discovery Center, hack-a-thon teams developing low-cost at-home diagnostic tests and ventilators, to hard core research looking at disabling the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes COVID-19, moderating the overstimulated immune response of the body when invaded by the virus, or conducting experiments to support the development of a universal vaccine.
A contribution of any size will make a difference. Some of the groundwork we lay today will help us combat the next health crisis or pandemic. That's what we do: the mission of CEND is to innovate and change the global response to emerging and neglected infectious diseases.
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