72 million will likely miss treatment for neglected tropical disease due to UK development assistance cuts

An estimated 72 million people will miss out on treatment for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) between October of 2021 and April of 2022 as a result of the UK's cuts to its development assistance budget.

Until 2020, the UK was a leader in financing NTDs but its decision to cut its official development assistance (ODA) from 0.7% of gross national income to 0.5% in 2021 has led to a dramatic decline in funding for NTDs. U.K. funding, according to Uniting to Combat NTDs, was reduced by £150 million (US$205 million), a 90% reduction. Sightsavers, which managed the Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ASCEND) program in West and Central Africa, was forced to end the program early due to a funding gap.

Sightsavers estimates that 24 million people with lymphatic filariasis, 21 million with river blindness, 22 million with schistosomiasis, and 4 million children with intestinal worms will miss out on treatment.

News article - Devex