Gates Foundation, IDB, Carlos Slim Foundation Announce Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative For Central America

Devex: Gates and IDB announce plan to eliminate malaria in Central America
“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Carlos Slim Foundation are to announce a $180 million initiative to eliminate malaria in Central America. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, and Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the IDB, [announced] the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative, or RMEI, Wednesday at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland…” (Cheney, 1/24).

Reuters: Gates backs Central America malaria elimination plan with $31 million
“…Gates said the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative (RMEI) would bring a total of $83.6 million in new funds ‘to ensure malaria remains a top health and development priority despite dwindling numbers of cases.’ The new money would also help leverage more than $100 million in domestic financing and $39 million of existing donor money in the region by 2022, the philanthropist’s Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said in a statement…” (Kelland, 1/24).