U.K., Gates Foundation, Pharma Companies Make New Commitments To Halve Malaria Cases By 2023 At London Summit

BBC News: Malaria experts fear disease’s resurgence
“For the first time in 10 years, global malaria cases are no longer falling, sparking concerns about a resurgence of the too often deadly disease. Experts, and philanthropist Bill Gates, are urging country leaders gathering at the Commonwealth summit in London to pledge more money to fight the illness. … The U.K. government has said it will invest £500m a year for the next three years to help fight malaria. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will extend its investments in malaria by an additional $1bn (£700m) through to 2023…” (Roberts, 4/18).

Bloomberg: Glaxo, Novartis Join $4 Billion Gates-Led Push to Fight Malaria
“GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Novartis AG will contribute research funds to an almost $4 billion global effort to combat malaria as drug-resistant strains of the disease threaten to undo years of progress. … Glaxo, the U.K.’s largest drugmaker, is investing an additional $250 million, while Switzerland’s Novartis will allocate more than $100 million, the companies said before a meeting Wednesday in London…” (Paton, 4/17).

Devex: Leaders challenge Commonwealth countries to halve malaria cases by 2023
“On Wednesday, government leaders, the private sector, and NGOs will announce new commitments in the fight against malaria and call on the 53 Commonwealth nations to halve the number of malaria cases worldwide in the next five years. If achieved, this would prevent 350 million cases of malaria and save 650,000 lives, according to estimates by the World Health Organization. … The announcement comes during the Malaria Summit London 2018, in the midst of the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting 2018, also in London…” (Anders, 4/17).

The Guardian: Invest in mosquito surveillance to combat malaria, says Bill Gates
“…Gates told the heads of Commonwealth states that innovation was needed to tackle the resurgence of the disease. ‘If there is one lesson we have learned … it’s that we have to keep innovating to control malaria, because conditions evolve,’ he told the meeting in London, where a total of £2.7bn was pledged in a drive to halve the number of malaria cases across the Commonwealth…” (Summers, 4/18).

Reuters: Global leaders seek to reignite fight against deadly malaria
“…Seeking to reignite efforts to wipe out the deadly mosquito-borne disease, philanthropists, business leaders, and ministers from donor and malaria-affected countries pledged £2.7 billion ($3.8 billion) to drive research and innovation and improve access to malaria prevention and treatments…” (Kelland, 4/17).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Royals, celebrities, scientists join renewed call to tackle malaria
“The global fight against malaria hits the spotlight on Wednesday when science and business leaders, Britain’s Prince Charles, and Bill Gates join forces to push for new commitments to end the mosquito-borne disease that kills a child every two minutes…” (Wilson, 4/17).