PLOS Medicine's Neglected Diseases section began with the launch of the journal in October 2004. Up until February
2008, the section focused on tropical infectious diseases, such as Buruli ulcer, trachoma, and hookworm. A list of the
21 articles published from October 2004 to February 2008 can be found in the Supporting Information section of our
February 2008 Editorial. With the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases in October 2007, the focus of the
Neglected Diseases section of PLOS Medicine shifted from tropical diseases to other health problems that could be
considered neglected and that have a significant global burden (such as reproductive and maternal health problems,
mental illness in low- and middle-income countries, road traffic injuries, and health problems related to migration
and conflict.). Read the February 2008 Editorial for information about the section.