Over the next four years, the UK will spend a total of £360m on programmes to tackle diseases such as:
Visceral leishmaniasis – a parasitic disease, caused by infected sand flies, which destroys the internal organs
Guinea-worm disease – an infection transmitted through dirty drinking water containing water fleas
Trachoma – infection from poor hygiene practices which can cause blindness
Lymphatic filariasis – infection transmitted by mosquitoes which can cause swelling of lower limbs
This is double what has been spent annually in the previous four years, the Department for International Development said.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the UK’s support would protect more than 200 million people “from a future blighted by tropical disease”.
“These diseases belong 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.
“These diseases have been named ‘neglected’ for a reason, but I’m not prepared for them to be neglected any longer.”