Three medicines from the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative were added this month by the World Health Organization to its list of essential treatments. The list is used by United Nations agencies and other donors as they make purchasing decisions. The inclusion of the medicines "validates the credibility of what we and our partners have been doing," said Dr. Nathalie Strub Wourgaft, the initiative's medical director. The treatments are for sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and malaria, which are three deadly insect-borne diseases.

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