Opinion | India now a key player in neglected disease treatment4 min read . Updated: 04 Feb 2019, 11:29 PM IST
The Indian govt is helping to build a thriving community of scientists working to solve health issues
Some of the hardest moments of my career were from my years as a paediatrician, when children came to my clinic and I lacked treatment to cure them—or, existing treatment was painful, unreliable or expensive. As a researcher at the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, and through my work leading the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), I witnessed firsthand the huge potential of science to develop new tools and strategies that not only curb disease, but also the dejection and frustration that children, families and doctors too often experience when the medical field fails to offer good solutions to life-threatening problems.
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