government is supported in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in funding £1bn towards controlling the burden of malaria
and eventually eradicating it. This tropical disease affects 1 billion people
every year with 500,000 children dying due to the disease.
The fund that
will be received as part of the UK Government's overseas aid spread over the
next 5 years, aims at
- Eradicating malaria and ridding people of the poverty-driven disease that affects many people across the world, and the
UK in specific
- Combining the expertise of British researchers with public and
private funding to leverage greater focus and advanced research practices
- Harnessing research data to produce newer and improved drug
formulations which can limit pandemics and potential epidemic risk
- Launching advanced diagnostics and treatment modalities
The Ross Fund
The fund is
named after the pioneer in malaria
research, Sir Ronald Ross, a Nobel prize-winning
British scientist who disclosed to the world that malaria spreads using mosquitoes as vectors
. Sir Ronald Ross undertook the path-breaking research on malaria when working with the Indian Medical association in the then British-led India and was awarded the Nobel prize in 1902, a first for a British.
The fund is a
commitment by the British policy makers to spend 0.70% of national income on
International aid, promoting their interests to fight a disease of global
concern. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation support
numerous charities across the world and with the support extended towards this
fund Bill and Melinda Gates hope to fight the global
scourge unleashed by the disease. Bill Gates was quoted, as saying that ridding
the world of this disease would be one of the humanity's
‘The UK government is to create a new £1 billion fund aimed to fight malaria and other infectious diseases.’
The fund is
apportioned appropriately to target various aspects of disease control
- £305 million towards developing new drugs, insecticides and
diagnostics for malaria and other poverty-driven
diseases like TB.
- £188 million towards diseases that have catastrophic epidemic
potential like Ebola
- £200 million towards tropical diseases that are neglected or
which lack necessary funds for research and control
- £310 million towards diseases that have developed drug
resistance and are therefore difficult to contain or cure.
George Osborne's Fund Vision Statement
George Osborne's announcement of the £1 billion fund is the result of a massive
restructuring of Britain's aid budget earlier last week. The support for
malaria is also a consequence of George Osborne's first trip to Uganda where he
promised to spend millions on preventing and controlling the disease.
has said that he believes in overseas aid in supporting national security as
well as the interests of the world.
commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on international aid means Britain
can continue to play its part in the fight against
and working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will
help us in our joint ambition to see an end to this global disease in our lifetimes," said George Osborne.
Development Secretary Justice Greening has stated that the partnering between
the UK government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will help in
bringing an end to the terrible disease that causes one in ten child deaths in Africa
and costs the continent £8 billion every year.
number of cases affected by malaria has fallen by a third since 2010, the
chancellor hopes to arrest the spread of the disease, leading to complete
eradication, thereby saving many lives. The chancellor has been committed towards
the control of malaria since 1997.