Bill Gates Just Pledged $31 Million to Fight Malaria in Latin America
In their latest move to combat the world’s most devastating illnesses, Bill and Melinda Gates pledged $31.5 million yesterday to eradicate malaria in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced the commitment during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, an annual gathering of international leaders, powerbrokers, and major philanthropists. The Gates’ contribution will supplement a $37 million investment by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Carlos Slim Foundation, demonstrating the collaborative spirit of the event.
The commitment serves as the Gates’ latest contribution to ending poverty-related epidemics around the world. It comes two weeks after they pledged to pay back Nigeria’s polio eradication loan to Japan and a few months after they announced a $100,000,000 fund to research dementia.
Mosquito-borne malaria remains a persistent problem for people in warmer climates around the world, posing a particular threat to pregnant women, newborns, and children under five, who account for the the majority of malaria-related deaths.
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