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This chapter introduces, and provides the context for, why neglected and emerging infectious diseases is an issue and why it is gaining attention today. It briefly sets out the the High‐Level Forum on Policy Coherence: Availability of Medicines for Neglected
and Emerging Infectious Diseases (HLF), held in June 2008 in the Netherlands as well as the the Noordwijk Medicines Agenda, the HLF's main deliverable.