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U.K. Pledges Additional $250M Toward Treatments For, Research On Neglected Tropical Diseases

BBC News: U.K. funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases
“The U.K. government is investing an extra £200m in programs to fight neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than a billion people in the world’s poorest countries…” (4/16).

The Guardian: Britain doubles funding to fight tropical diseases
“…Speaking ahead of the World Health Organization conference on neglected tropical diseases in Geneva on Wednesday, Priti Patel, the international development secretary, said such diseases belonged to the last century. ‘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,’ said Patel…” (Ratcliffe, 4/15).

The Independent: U.K. to invest £450m fighting world’s most neglected tropical diseases
“…The money will help protect more than 200 million people in developing countries like Ethiopia, Sudan, Bangladesh, and India, as well as funding research into new cures for illnesses otherwise neglected by Western pharmaceutical companies. … Ms. Patel said the new commitment to fighting NTDs, more than doubling the U.K.’s annual spending pledged in the London Declaration of 2012, showed ‘global Britain’ would continue to play its part despite the Brexit vote…” (Withnall, 4/16).

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