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UK funding cuts to neglected diseases scheme a ‘bitter blow’


Whole health systems suffered from Ascend programme’s early termination, say scientists

The early termination in July 2021 of the UK’s Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (Ascend) scheme was a “bitter blow” to entire health systems, especially in Africa.

This is according to a commentary published last week by more than a dozen tropical disease researchers in the journal of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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