UK commits funding to boost global health

The government has announced funding to investing ground-breaking research and development programmes to tackle the world’s most pressing health challenges.

The funding includes up to £103.5 million for developing affordable new vaccines through the UK Vaccine Network and other health products and treatments which will halt the spread of infectious diseases, as well as programmes to protect women’s sexual and reproductive health and ultimately reduce preventable deaths.

Research and development into cutting-edge technology will also be supported to respond quickly to disease outbreaks and improve the health of mothers, babies and children in low- and middle-income countries.

A further £95 million will be allocated to the Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Programme II, which partners with Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to help detect and tackle future epidemics, drug resistant infections and climate change.

Minister for international development, Andrew Mitchell said: "The UK is committed to reinvigorating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The UK’s significant support for global health announced at the UN General Assembly this week will be truly transformational in creating more resilient and inclusive health systems worldwide.

Health minister Will Quince said: "This investment in global health research is vital for saving lives – both at home and abroad.

"Vaccines, drugs and diagnostics can help prevent outbreaks in the developing world, while also limiting spread and protecting populations at home.

"This UK Vaccine Network investment will help deliver effective and accessible vaccines for populations threatened by infectious diseases and cements the UK’s status as a leader in global health research."

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