UK Takes Aim at Neglected Diseases

The UK pledged to double its investment in the fight against neglected tropical diseases—a move expected to protect 200 million people.
 
Announcing the support ahead of this week’s WHO Global Partners Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases in Geneva, the UK will up its investments in treatment programs to £360m over the next 5 years, and £88m for R&D. The push is expected to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis in Asia, Guinea worm, and to save hundreds of thousands of people from blindness and other disabilities.
 
Saying that such diseases belong to the last century, Priti Patel, the UK’s international development secretary, noted, “They cause unimaginable suffering and pain to some of the world’s poorest people, forcing them into a deeper cycle of poverty with no way out. Yet they are treatable.”
 
Source: The Guardian

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