Deaths from malaria could be nearly eliminated in the next 15 years thanks in part to a landmark £3 billion funding commitment announced today by the Chancellor and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Speaking at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, George Osborne, Bill Gates and International Development Secretary, Justine Greening revealed a significant funding package to ramp up efforts to fight Malaria, centred on a £3 billion commitment over five years and a mission to support the World Health Organisation’s goal of reducing malaria deaths by 90% by 2030, on a path to malaria free world.
The Chancellor George Osborne said:
I am determined that our overseas aid budget is spent on the challenges people in Britain want to see addressed – and those that threaten global and national security.
Across the globe over a billion people are infected with malaria and it’s a cause of both untold misery and lost economic potential.
That’s why, working with Bill Gates, I’m determined that Britain leads the world in the fight against this disease.
Already we’ve made great progress. Now, together with the Gates Foundation we are announcing £3bn over the next five years to start the work on eradicating malaria altogether.
Some of that money will be spent here in the Northern Powerhouse, and the brilliant science we want to see here. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is the oldest such institution in the world and is at the cutting edge of the war against malaria.
Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates said:
Britain is a global leader in the fight against deadly diseases like malaria – a disease that still claims the life of a child every minute. From the strength of its scientific community, to the bravery of the ordinary men and women who go out to fight these diseases, the UK’s commitment to global health is building healthier futures for people living in the world’s poorest places and making the world a safer place for all of us.
Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said:
We can be incredibly proud of Britain’s contribution to the battle against malaria. Thanks to the efforts of the UK and others over the past 15 years, more than six million lives have been saved.
However, malaria still causes one out of ten child deaths in Africa and costs Africa’s economy billions every year. Our new commitment will save countless more lives and build a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for us all which is firmly in the UK’s national interest.
Director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Professor Janet Hemingway CBE said:
As the world’s oldest Tropical Medical Institution dedicated to improving health, LSTM is delighted to see the growing partnership between the UK government and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, providing leadership and support to the fight against the global health challenges of malaria and NTDs.