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£7m fund to improve care of 'poverty-related' disease

A £7.1 million fund has been launched to combat poverty-related diseases. 

Poverty-related diseases, such as tuberculosis, HIV, malaria and hepatitis B and C account for 3.4 million deaths worldwide every year. 

Underdiagnosis and tough treatment courses are two of the reasons for the continued prevalence, according to the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC). 

Working with the European Research Infrastructures for Poverty Related Diseases (EURIPRED), NIBSC is aiming to develop new vaccines and drugs to combat the diseases. 

Dr Meghna Ramaswamy, coordinator of EURIPRED and the scientific lead at the Centre for AIDS at NIBSC said: “By creating partnerships between European scientists and international research teams from disease endemic countries, we expect to speed up the development of new vaccines, drugs and microbicides.

“By minimising fragmentation and duplication of research efforts and pooling resources EURIPRED can improve research efficiency and effectiveness.”