UK taxpayers spent £2.64million to help El Salvador locals lose weight

TAXPAYERS forked out £2.64million to help locals in El Salvador lose weight, figures show.

Another £1.2million went on sending text reminders to diabetes patients in Brazil and £319,000 on “health kiosks” in Kenya.


£2.64 million of taxpayers money was spent in El Salvador to help locals lose weight

The grants to boost healthcare in foreign nations emerged as Brits brace themselves for a record £36billion tax hike to save the NHS.

Each project was funded by the Medical Research Council from money handed down by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The department is battling to calm panic over surging gas prices.

Details of the spending showed £191,000 was spent in India funding ten-minute face-to-face counselling to encourage people to stop smoking.

And £654,000 was spent in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to run diabetes exercise trials.

A total of £42,557 went on a study of Sri Lankan twins “to see how unhealthy parent behaviours” — like eating too much and failing to exercise — were passed down to kids.

Earlier this year, ministers vowed to slash foreign aid spending by £4billion. It leaves the UK’s annual aid spend at around £10billion.

Scott Simmonds, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Wasteful spending like this proves there’s plenty of fat left to trim in foreign aid. Development funds are still being misspent on pointless pet projects.”

Government officials insisted the payments would help poorer nations “stand on their own two feet” and eventually end their dependency on UK aid.

Rishi Sunak confirms foreign aid will be slashed to pay back Covid debt

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