November 21

Gates Foundation, Abu Dhabi Pair to Fight Forgotten Diseases

To tackle dangerous but curable tropical diseases in poor countries, the global health community is following the money — increasingly to the Persian Gulf.

On Wednesday, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched a fund with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eliminate two persistent and debilitating neglected tropical diseases.

The $100 million fund will seek to eliminate river blindness, or onchocerciasis, and lymphatic filariasis, which leads to a condition known as elephantiasis, from countries where they circulate in Africa and the Middle East. The Crown Prince will donate $20 million and the Gates Foundation 20% of the total amount raised to the new “Reaching the Last Mile Fund,” with a plan to raise the remaining $60 million from others in the region and beyond.

Photo courtesy of Keoni Cabral.

Source: Fox Business (link opens in a new window)

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