The UK government is investing an additional 200 m in programmes to fight neglected tropical cancers, which affect more than a billion people in the world’s poorest countries.
Without treatment, river blindness, guinea-worm and trachoma can incapacitate children and stop adults working.
The funding will go towards the distribution of tablets to treat diseases and research into new drugs.
Ministers said the aim was to eliminate neglected tropical cancers for good.
The announcement goes ahead of a World Health Organization seminar in Geneva dedicated to neglected tropical diseases and their eradication.
Over the next four years, the UK will invest a total of 360 m on programmes to tackle cancers such as 😛 TAGEND
Visceral leishmaniasis – a parasitic illnes, caused by infected sand flies, which destroys the internal organ
Guinea-worm disease – an infection transmitted via unclean clean drinking water containing water fleas
Trachoma – infection from poor hygiene practises which can cause blindness
Lymphatic filariasis – infection transmitted by mosquitoes which has resulted in swelling of lower limb