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Petition Revoke Government cuts to global health research

We urge the government to reconsider the decision to significantly reduce the Official Development Assistance (ODA) funds for global health research and development. The decision to suspend the commitment to invest 0.7 per cent of GNI on ODA must be subject to full Parliamentary scrutiny.

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Many gains in the fight against COVID-19 are from scientists whose jobs are now threatened by UKRI budget cuts. The termination of ongoing studies will undermine years of investment, and affect the health of the most vulnerable globally. Jobs will be lost in the UK and overseas, and there will be a severe impact on the capacity to train future scientists. To abandon research on global health issues undermines the blueprint of a ‘Global Britain’ and will have a devastating impact on UK science.

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