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· Jackie Marchildon at Global Citizen reports that Bill Gates has called for more funding and investments in global health at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has already invested roughly $10 billion towards global health and continues to support these efforts.
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Philanthropist Bill Gates called for funding and promotion of global health initiatives at a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
To discuss financial innovation in global health, Gates was joined by Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, board chair for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Dr. Sania Nishtar, chairperson for Benazir Income Support Program; and Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan.
Just last week, Gates penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal highlighting the impact of investment in global health initiatives like Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI); and the Global Financing Facility (GFF).
At the panel, Gates reiterated that he feels “fantastic about the investment [and] the impact it’s had.”
In the last 20 years, Gates said that about $100 billion has been committed to global health initiatives (including $10 billion from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and the impact has been most notable on mortality rates of children under 5.
Read the full article about global health and extreme poverty by Jackie Marchildon at Global Citizen.