BRICS champion the fight to end neglected tropical diseases

BRICS champion the fight to end neglected tropical diseasesIntestinal worms, blinding parasites, blood flukes — it may come as a surprise for many that these threats are not only confined to developing nations or remote parts of the world. In fact, about 150 countries are endemic for at least one kind of neglected tropical disease, which affect 1 in 6 people worldwide.

What’s more, about 65 percent of people who need treatments for the most common NTDs live in middle-income countries — a reflection of the pervasiveness of these diseases affecting the poorest people even as the world works toward greater shared prosperity.

Let’s take a look at Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — known as the BRICS group of nations. These emerging markets represent some of the world’s leading economies — four are among the 10 largest gross domestic products worldwide, and all five combined make up about 25 percent of the world’s GDP.

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Funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), the project focuses on the changing dynamics and implications of South- South cooperation, in the context of South Africa's avowed commitment to this cause in its international relations. The need to understand the complexities of South-South dynamics and their implications for foreign policy is particularly urgent for South Africa, which, while working to advance South-South multilateralism, must also contend with the corresponding need to remain true to other universal values underpinning its foreign policy as well as guarantee the specific interests of its immediate environment, that is, the African continent.

Key Themes

In recent times, South-South cooperation has received renewed attention, inspired mainly by the emergence of new southern clubs such as IBSA, BRICS and CELAC. This trend reflects a growing push by developing countries to respond to current global challenges in a coherent and concerted manner.


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The aim of the project is therefore to contribute, through critical research and dialogue, towards a nuanced understanding of contemporary South-South cooperation. In particular, it seeks to appreciate the basis on which countries in the South cooperate or compete with one another, and the implication of these dynamics for South Africa's policy.


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