Gates Foundation forms new health partnerships in South Africa

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THE Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Tuesday announced two new partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at finding new tools to fight HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

The partnerships will have a combined budget of R370m, and will be led by South African scientists.

“South Africa has world-class researchers and the infrastructure necessary to develop the kinds of innovative health solutions needed to accelerate progress against TB, HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases,” said Trevor Mundel, president of the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Programme.

The partnerships had “enormous potential” for both South Africa and the African continent, he said.

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

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