Global Push to Eradicate Malaria Boosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

Nurse testing girl for malaria

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded UC San Francisco’s Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) a four-year grant of $29 million to accelerate malaria elimination in Asia Pacific and Southern Africa and advance malaria eradication globally.

“Despite significant gains in malaria control, the disease remains a huge problem globally. The World Health Organization estimates that there were more than 200 million new cases of malaria worldwide, and more than 400,000 people died from the disease in 2015,” said Sir Richard Feachem, KBE, FREng, DSc(Med), PhD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and director of the Global Health Group at UCSF’s Global Health Sciences. “This reinvestment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enable UCSF and our partners to create an engineered future of rapid regional elimination to achieve a world free of malaria within a generation.”

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