UK and Bill Gates to work to eradicate malaria
United Kingdom's Chancellor George Osborne has joined tech billionaire Bill Gates to work to eradicate themalaria disease from the world.
Osborne and Gates announced a £3 billion or about $4.28 billion plan during the coming five years for research as well as efforts to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease. The two wrote in a media outlet about the £3 billion plan to combat the disease.
They wrote, "When it comes to human tragedy, no creature comes close to the devastation caused by the mosquito. We both believe that a malaria-free world has to be one of the highest global health priorities."
The joint fund will include £500 million a year from Britain's overseas aid budget for the next five years as well as $200 million this year from The Gates Foundation with additional contributions during the coming year. Data from the World Health Organization showed that there were 438,000 malaria deaths in 2015 and most of them were children aged under of five in Africa.
The WHO said in its World Malaria Report 2015 that efforts to fight the disease has been very successful during the previous 15 years but there are concerns over the spread of resistance to antimalarial drugs and to insecticide.