Bill Gates announced to donate 500 million US dollars to fight malaria

Nov 4, 2014 16:05 IST

Bill Gates announced the donation of 500 million US dollars to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world. It was announced on 3 November 2014 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in the US.

He announced that Gates Foundation has committed more than 500 million US dollars in 2014 to reduce the burden of malaria, pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, and an array of parasitic infections that are leading causes of death and disability in developing countries.

The donation of more than 500 million US dollars includes
• Over 150 million US dollars to the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative to advance development of next-generation malaria vaccines
• About 29 million US dollars to the Clinton Health Access Initiative to support malaria elimination efforts in Southern Africa and the Greater Mekong Sub-region of Southeast Asia

Besides, the foundation also boosted its annual funding for malaria by 30 percent.

Earlier in September 2014 he announced 50-million US dollars commitment to help scale up efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.

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