We mustn’t forget that, each year, these diseases kill 6.5 million people and severely inhibit a further 350 million. Here, overall moral responsibility also has to be borne in mind.

At international level, I would like to see efforts under multilateral stewardship to focus capacities and create synergies in order to avoid duplication of research and research funding – for example via an international research fund that the WHO would be in charge of and for which it could ensure optimum efficiency in research spending. We hope that the attention currently given to the topic will last. For example, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a High-Level Panel in late November that is to submit to him a report by June 2016 on how research on poverty-related diseases can be improved to ensure that everyone can access quality treatment at affordable costs. This is a step in the right direction.

The G-Finder is available at: † www.policycures.org

Maximilian Geigenmüller- advocacy officer at the Berlinoffice of DSW – Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung