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Government cuts funding for £220m tropical diseases project


Expert calls decision “difficult to understand” as Ascend programme faces early closure

A £220 million flagship programme for eliminating neglected diseases in Africa has had its funding pulled due to UK aid spending cuts, Research Professional News has learned.

The Ascend West and Central Africa programme was launched in 2019 to make progress towards eradicating five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in 13 countries through mass drug administration. 

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