Gates foundation pledges new funds to fight neglected diseases

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b454
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Davos, Switzerland

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and private business have separately pledged new funds to combat, respectively, neglected tropical diseases and malaria.

    Bill and Melinda Gates, in a press conference at the annual world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, announced that they were giving a grant of $34m (£24m; €27m) to the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to help curb, by 2020, the most prevalent diseases that affect about 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people.

    The network confirmed receipt of the grant to the Sabin Vaccine Institute to step up global efforts to prevent and treat neglected tropical diseases.

    “We’re living in very difficult …

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