In honour of their 15th Anniversary, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) hosted their first ever gala, at the Bowery Hotel in New York on October 24th 2018. The event was both a celebration of the achievements made over the past 15 years, and a fundraising appeal to allow DNDi to continue their important work.
“At Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), we are working to deliver new treatments for neglected diseases like sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filaria, paediatric HIV, hepatitis C, and mycetoma. DNDi has delivered eight new treatments to millions of patients, but much more needs to be done to act on our promise to develop and make available simpler, more affordable treatments. From early discovery research to ensuring treatments get to patients in hard to reach places, we need your support.”
The Making Medical History gala presented awards to outstanding individuals for their contributions to DNDi. The cocktail reception, formal dinner and awards ceremony, was followed by a late night after party featuring music by DJ Logic, Falu Shah, Mino Cinelu, and more. Special guests included NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, actress Sharon Stone (pictured), actress Kathleen Chalfant, and model Alek Wek.
The guests agreed that it was a truly important event filled with meaningful and personal accounts from its speakers. As a member of the planning team, I couldn’t have wished for a more moving and poignant event. It was an honour to be a part of the Steering Committee, and a pleasure to work on this project with the DNDi team over the past year.