UK announces ‘unprecedented’ investment to eliminate five worst neglected tropical diseases

UK announces 'unprecedented' investment to eliminate five worst neglected tropical diseases

The UK government has announced an “unprecedented” investment of £220 million to tackle five of the world’s worst neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).  
The funding will be used to support efforts to protect some 200 million people in 25 countries from the debilitating illnesses – which cause disability and death and can trap victims in a cycle of poverty.
The five diseases – lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis), onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, visceral leishmaniasis and trachoma – affect over a billion people worldwide. 
The UK aid package will be used to fund roughly 600 million treatments for NTDs, Baroness Sugg, the International Development Minister, announced at a conference in Liverpool on Tuesday. 
These treatments will be vital in efforts to eliminate the five illnesses, as they can all be treated through mass drug administration programmes.

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