Bill, Melinda Gates Call For Strengthened Investments In Global Health Initiatives

Axios: Gates: World’s youngest are being saved by global health funds
“Global health funds play a key role in improving the world’s health — with the deaths of children under five dropping by more than 50 percent over the past couple decades when investment strengthened, Melinda and Bill Gates told a press conference Wednesday…” (O’Reilly, 1/17).

Reuters: Invest in health for global security and growth, Gates urges donors
“…Ending epidemics of infectious diseases such as malaria, polio, HIV, and malaria is proving tough, they said, but dramatic progress made by global aid mechanisms in recent decades means the world’s people are now healthier and more productive. … The [Gates] Foundation is seeking to encourage international donor governments such as the United States, Japan, Australia, Germany, Britain, and many others to replenish four key global funds in the next 18 months so they can continue their work. The funds include the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), [Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance,] and the Global Financing Facility for child and maternal health…” (Kelland, 1/17).

Additional coverage of the Gateses’ press conference is available from Business Insider (2) and Quartz.