Bill Gates Is Pouring Another $1 Billion Into the Fight Against Malaria

Leslie Hanson
April 18, 2018

The Prime Minister will pledge cash with the aim of helping children spend 12 years in school when she gives a speech at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London on Tuesday.

As the second largest global donor, the United Kingdom has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce the number of cases for many years by investing in treatment, prevention and research, including the fight against the threat of drug resistance.

"We hope this is the beginning of a tidal wave across the world, re-energising and reigniting the malaria campaign", he added.

"The east African countries have had a distinct challenge because of the El Niño phenomenon - they have had flooding every year now for several years".

She will also focus on the fight against malaria, saying the Commonwealth has a "particular duty" to tackle the disease. "We will support and incentivise others to invest in what is needed, from cutting edge research to ensuring access to malaria treatment and prevention for those most at risk".

"We have to renew the political commitment".

Bill Gates warned Wednesday that malaria was back on the rise again and would continue to claim more lives worldwide unless governments reinvigorated their push to eradicate the disease. This money will save more lives and help build a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for us all, which is firmly in the UK's national interest.

The global malaria community attending the Malaria Summit London 2018 on 18th April will urge Commonwealth leaders to make a game-changing commitment to halve malaria across the Commonwealth within the next five years.

There were 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of five million compared with 2015. "This is why I am championing a new Commonwealth commitment to halve malaria across member countries by 2023".

Global funding for malaria has plateaued since 2010 and is disproportionately provided by donor countries rather than those with malaria risk. The programme will be led by the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) which is a collaboration of the University of Oxford, Wellcome Trust and Mahidol University, Thailand.

Another goal is to find a long-lasting vaccine.

She will say: "The UK remains committed to its five-year pledge, made in 2016, to spend half a billion pounds a year tackling malaria".

Last year, a report by the World Health Organization found that Rwanda and Nigeria saw more than 1 million new cases of malaria between 2015 and 2016. "If we don't maintain the commitments that we are making here today, malaria would go back and kill over a million children a year, because the drugs and the insecticides always are evaded by the mosquito and the parasite".

"This year, that figure includes £100 million that will be match-funded by partners in the private sector".

This money will support the Global Fund's work in priority countries.

The cost of malaria to African economies is estimated at $12bn (£8bn) a year in direct costs.

DFID supports research on infectious diseases, such as malaria, through the Ross Fund Portfolio.

It can cost as little as £3.25 to avert a case of malaria - with an astonishing return on investment as malaria control brings £36 in social and economic benefits for every pound spent.

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