Gates Foundation Shapes Investments to ‘Accelerate to Zero’ on Malaria
When Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in 2007 that “any goal short of eradicating malaria is accepting malaria,” she helped to spark an industry wide shift toward ending the disease.
Prior to the 2007 forum on malaria, the global health community had been cautious about declaring full eradication the ultimate goal. Today, eradication shapes every aspect of malaria work from the foundation as well as the broader public health community.
The Gates Foundation has led the shift in approach and mobilized others to join efforts to end the disease. Partners of the Gates Foundation, including many based in the foundation’s global health hub, are aligning behind the idea that indefinite control is not a sustainable solution, since emerging resistance requires continuous investments in research and development.
“If we don’t eradicate malaria, we will constantly have to adapt our strategies whether it is ten years or 50 years or 300 years from now,” Bruno Moonen, deputy director for malaria at the Gates Foundation, told Devex.
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