UK to slash aid spending on polio and clean water projects – The Independent

Health workers administer a polio vaccine to a child during a health campaign in the Afghan capital, Kabul
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The UK is to slash spending on polio and water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) projects in some of the world’s poorest countries as part of plans by Boris Johnson’s government to cut the foreign aid budget, despite the global health challenges posed by the pandemic.

A leaked memo suggested the overall Wash budget will be cut by 64 per cent in 2021/22 compared to 2019, while bilateral aid funding for clean water will be reduced by more than 80 per cent.

The UK spent £207m on bilateral water supply and sanitation projects in 2018 and £176m in 2019, suggesting the budget could fall to £35-40m once the cuts have been imposed.

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