Feeds

Gates pledges extra $250m for world health

Disease-busting spend now $450m

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Microsoft supremo Bill Gates used yesterday's opening session of the World Health Organisation's annual assembly to pledge an extra $250m towards global health research. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has already made available $200m destined for 14 “major health challenges” - aka the Grand Challenges Initiative - since its inception in 2003.

Gates declared: "We are on the verge of taking historic steps to reduce disease in the developing world ... [if] we match these accelerating capacities of science with the emerging moral awareness of global health inequities."

"I am optimistic. I'm convinced that we will see more ground breaking scientific advances for health in the developing world in the next 10 years than we have seen in the last 50."

Cutting-edge research backed by Gates includes a malaria vaccine, currently under trial. Other initiatives are examining ways to combat HIV/AIDS and TB.

As well as opening his wallet, Gates urged world leaders to substantially increase their efforts in improving global health, stating: “There is a tragic inequity between the health of people in the developed world and the health of those in the rest of the world. I am here to talk about how the world, working together, can dramatically reduce this inequity. Never before have we had anything close to the tools we have today to both spread awareness of the problem and discover and deliver solutions.” ®

Related stories

Gates pledges $750m for child vaccines
Gates stumps up $45m to fight TB
Gates gives $100m to fight HIV, $421m to fight Linux

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg
Off to the boozer? This delicacy might help mitigate the effects
The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS
Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...
I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm
'He is just being himself' says proud mum of larger-than-life physicist
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.