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WHO warns UK aid cuts could risk millions of lives


The World Health Organisation has said cuts to the UK budget may put millions of lives at risk of dying from "neglected tropical diseases", leaving some of the poorest people in the world exposed. 

The diseases listed included elephantiasis, trachoma and Guinea Worm. According to the WHO, the UK was able to provide funding to at least 19 countries before the aid cut.

There are now fears that vital medicine, an estimated at 277 million tablets used to treat tropical diseases would now expire.

The financial impact of the pandemic, according to the The Foreign Office, meant the aid cuts were necessary. 

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Source: BBC News, 17 June 2021

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