British Chancellor George Osborne, Bill Gates Announce $4.28B For Malaria Eradication Efforts

News outlets report on an announcement of $4.28 billion in malaria funding by British Chancellor George Osborne and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, published Monday in The Times.

Agence France-Presse: Britain and Bill Gates announce £3 billion to eradicate malaria
“…Chancellor George Osborne and [Bill] Gates announced a £3 billion ($4.28 billion, four billion euros) fund for research and to support efforts to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease…” (1/25).

The Guardian: Osborne: malaria eradication will create more prosperous world
“…Osborne has offered £500m a year for the next five years, which will come out of Britain’s international development budget. The Gates Foundation will put up an additional £140m. The money will go into the Ross Fund — named after Sir Ronald Ross, the British scientist who won a Nobel prize in 1902 for proving that mosquitoes transmitted malaria…” (Parveen, 1/25).

International Business Times: Bill Gates, British Government Set Up $4.3B Fund To Fight Malaria
“… ‘When it comes to human tragedy, no creature comes close to the devastation caused by the mosquito,’ read The Times article. ‘We are optimistic that in our lifetimes we can eradicate malaria and other deadly tropical diseases, and confront emerging threats, making the world a safer place for all,’ Gates and Osborne wrote in conclusion” (Goenka, 1/25).

Newsweek: U.K. and Bill Gates Pledge $4.3 Billion to Fight Malaria
“…Tackling malaria has become a pet project for philanthropist Gates, who is worth an estimated $77 billion. The Gates Foundation and the United Nations released a report in September 2015 laying out a roadmap for eradicating malaria by 2040” (Gaffey, 1/25).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Britain and Bill Gates unveil billion dollar initiative to fight malaria
“…The fund will support research and development for malaria and accelerate regional malaria elimination efforts…” (Whiting, 1/25).

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