George Osborne and Bill Gates announce £3 billion pledge to end malaria

George Osborne & Bill Gates announce £3 billion pledge to end malaria

25 January 2016

Today is a milestone moment in the malaria fight - this morning our Executive Director James Whiting joined an audience with Chancellor George Osborne and Bill Gates for a momentous malaria announcement; £3 billion is to be invested over the next five years with a vision to eradicate malaria in our lifetime. 

George Osborne and Bill Gates

George Osborne and Bill Gates

The announcement was made along alongside International Development Secretary Justine Greening at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, one of a number of world class UK institutions where scientists are developing some of the UK’s most exciting and pioneering innovations to fight against infectious diseases including malaria, which still remains one of the biggest child killers in Africa.

The pledge equates to the UK contributing £500 million per year to combat malaria and sustains the increased support achieved during the last Parliament (2010-2015). These funds are critical if we are to continue to make history and reduce malaria deaths by 90% by 2030, and reach the ultimate goal of eradicating the disease in our generation.

James reacts: “We wholeheartedly welcome the UK’s announcement and ongoing leadership in the malaria campaign. Today’s news will have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of countless families across Africa and sends a powerful signal to political leaders internationally to give urgent priority to the malaria fight in 2016. The news also builds on sterling work undertaken by The Department for International Development attacking malaria on every front – from supporting world class research and development into pioneering new solutions to save lives, to investing in partnerships with African countries with the heaviest death tolls.  Long may this continue”. At the event James also met professional footballer Kolo Touré from Ivory Coast who plays for Liverpool, and has suffered from malaria.

 

James Whiting and Kolo Touré

James Whiting and Kolo Touré

British scientist Sir Richard Feachem, a leading light in malaria elimination and one of our Policy Advisors reflects: "There has never been a time when progress in the fight against malaria has been stronger. Today's announcement, and the increased UK support to stamping out malaria everywhere, is a major milestone which will accelerate our journey to a malaria-free world. Bravo UK!"

British mother Jo Yirrell, a Special Ambassador for Malaria No More UK, lost her 20 year old son Harry to malaria in July 2005. He returned home after volunteering Ghana where he gave away his malaria pills. He tragically died 10 days after coming back to England. Jo says: “Words cannot begin to describe the agony of losing my eldest son to a disease that costs less than a cup of tea to treat. My heart goes out every day to the Mums and Dads around the world who are experiencing the same loss. I take enormous comfort in the UK’s championing of the malaria fight and the amazing progress to save lives since Harry died. I know he would be cheering at today’s news, as I am!”

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