Gates to spend $7b to fight hunger, disease and poverty in Africa
TheBill & Melinda GatesFoundation is committing $7 billion over the next four years tosupport African countries to deal withhunger, disease,genderinequalityand poverty.
The Foundation’s co-chair Bill Gates said theseresources wouldhelpstrengthen health systems andenhance access to health care,reduce child deaths due to diarrhoeal diseases,pneumonia,malariaand measles.
“Thisnew commitment tosupportAfrican countriesis in addition toexisting Gates Foundation’sfundingto multilateral organisations, including Gavi, the Vaccine Allianceand the Global Fundto Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” Mr Gates told students at the University of Nairobi on November 17.
Mr Gates, in his first trip to Africa since the Covid-19 pandemic began, visited health care centres, medicaland agriculturalresearch institutes,and smallholder farmsin Kenya and met with President William Ruto.
Speakingto University ofNairobi students, Mr Gates said Africa’s young people have talent and an opportunity to accelerate progressandhelp solve the world’s most pressing problems.
“The big global challenges we face are persistent. But we have to remember,so are the people solving them,”he said.“Our foundation will continue to support solutions in health, agriculture, and other critical areas — and the systems to get them out of the labs and to the people who need them.”
Thiscommitment comes as the world is grappling with hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Today, 278 million peopleacrossAfricasuffer chronic hunger, withmore than37 million people facing acute hunger in the Horn of Africa.
The foundationiscallingonglobal leadersto commit tofindingsolutions and strengtheningsystemsinAfrica byinvesting inpeople andinnovationsthatcansave livesandcreateopportunitiesfor the world’s mostvulnerable.