Gates To Commit $500M To Fight Malaria, Other Diseases

News outlets report on Bill Gates’s announcement on Sunday at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will commit more than $500 million in 2014 to fight developing world diseases and increase its annual malaria budget by 30 percent.

Agence France-Presse: Bill Gates to give $500 million for malaria, other diseases
“U.S. philanthropist Bill Gates on Sunday announced he will donate over $500 million to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world, saying the Ebola outbreak is a call to action. … Gates also said that in addition to that pledge, his foundation has boosted its annual funding for malaria by 30 percent…” (11/2).

Associated Press: Gates Foundation boosts aid to stamp out malaria
“…In an interview with the Associated Press and in a speech Sunday at a global health conference in New Orleans, the Microsoft co-founder said his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would increase its malaria program budget by 30 percent, to more than $200 million per year. That’s on top of the foundation’s other donations to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…” (Marchione, 11/2).

International Business Times: Gates Foundation To Donate $500M This Year To Fight Malaria And Other Diseases
“…According to [Gates], the foundation’s plans also include developing a drug or vaccine to eliminate malaria in people who carry the disease without showing symptoms. The foundation’s plans to eradicate malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people each year, also includes a $156 million award to the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, or MVI, in building new vaccines that will interrupt the cycle of the malarial parasite’s transmission…” (Bora, 11/3).

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