Giving back to society

Hugo Sigman supports Mundo Sano, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affecting the most vulnerable social sectors. There are 17 diseases in the world classified as NTDs. They are the diseases of poverty, the ones no-one wishes to talk about. There is no interest in investing in medicines to treat these diseases, as they are hard to afford. They can only be addressed through health systems or donations.

In 1993 Mundo Sano was established to address this issue. Founded by Roberto Gold, Ph.D., it is nowchaired by his daughter, Silvia Gold. It receives financing from the companies that are part of Grupo Insud and other national and international organizations.

The goal of Mundo Sano is to develop and manage public-private collaboration and intervention models to integrate scientific research and social development, enabling technology transfer to the affected communities. 


Hugo Sigman and Silvia Gold celebrating Mundo Sano’s 20th anniversary. 

Silvia Gold commented, “We collaborate with the governmental and academic sectors, but we are facilitators, enablers. We have a goal and try to achieve effective and actionable results, with scientific rigor, for practical purposes. We are not moved by an assistentialist vocation. We believe a lot in collaboration, without seeking a protagonist role. We are perseverant with the final goal.”

After intense work and convinced of the importance of articulation between companies and the State to generate synergy and a positive impact on communities, Hugo Sigman and his wife were the creators of a project that today is a reality. Due to a world crisis in the production of benznidazole – the main drug to treat Chagas disease, affecting approximately 10 million people- in 2011 Mundo Sano, Elea, Maprimed and the Ministry of Health of Argentina formed a public-private partnership to produce the drug locally. Thanks to this partnership, Argentina became the only producer of this medicine and supplier for the Pan-American Health Organization, charged with distributing it to the countries in the region.


Silvia Gold and Hugo Sigman with Bill Gates and Julie Jacobson from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Margaret Chan from the World Health Organization, and other representatives of the global partnerships aimed to coordinate efforts to accelerate control and eradication of ten neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) roadmap and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for 2020.

Latest news

U.S. FDA Approves Chemo Group’s Benznidazole to Treat Children with Chagas Disease

On August 29th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Chemo Research’s New Drug Application (NDA) for benznidazole. This is the first drug ever approved by the FDA to treat Chagas disease. Benznidazole is an essential medicine for Chagas disease, a dangerous parasitic disease that affects an estimated 6 to 8 million people worldwide. […]


Mundo Sano joins forces with EDCTP to fund research on neglected infectious diseases

On 16 June 2017, the Mundo Sano Foundation and the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) created a partnership to leverage research funding for neglected infectious diseases (NIDs). They agreed that Mundo Sano would contribute to clinical and product-focused implementation research in neglected diseases and soil-transmitted helminthiases. “Partnership is the only strategy to […]


A health worker from Mundo Sano is selected as one of the finalists of the Inspiration Prize 2017, promoted by Uniting to Combat NTDs and the NGDO NETWORK

The Inspiration Prize is part of the Women in Focus Awards in which the alliance United to Combat NTDs recognizes the essential role of women in defeating neglected diseases. The Inspiration Prize category is dedicated to women who were affected by these infectious diseases, yet they have made important contributions supporting other patients. Geneva, April […]


The government of Castilla will acknowledge Mundo Sano

The Government of Castilla La Mancha has announced the awarding of an acknowledgement approved by the Government Council at its session, where Mundo Sano’s contribution to development and research was recognized. Next 31st May, the foundation will be awarded a plaque of appreciation for the actions focused on community health within the sphere of the neglected diseases.


Over 700 people had the Chagas tests performed last Sunday in Madrid

Madrid, Sunday 22nd May. Mundo Sano and Salud entre Culturas, with health staff from Hospital Ramón y Cajal, carried out diagnosis tests for detection of Chagas disease in Usera district. Approximately 700 men, women and children attended the Centro Cultural de Usera to have the diagnosis made. The samples taken were transferred to the Centro Nacional de Microbiología (ISCIII), where they will be analysed.