Gates Foundation Support African Scientists to Fight TB and Malaria

Gates Foundation steps in to support African Scientists to fight against TB and malaria. To tackle malaria and tuberculosis in Africa most affected by infectious diseases, US$7.2 million (R138 million) was awarded to African experts for medication research.

Gates Foundation Support African Scientists to Fight TB and Malaria

Gates Foundation Supports African Scientists to Fight 

According to a statement released on Wednesday by a few of the participating universities, including Stellenbosch University, the University of Ghana, and the University of Pretoria, more than half of the funds from the medical research charity LifeArc and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be used to develop new treatments for the illnesses.

Africa is struggling with a wide range of diseases that shorten lives, reduce productivity, and impede economic progress. As a result, the continent is sponsoring research teams across the region. Approximately 600,000 individuals on the continent lose their lives to malaria each year and another 400,000 to tuberculosis.

Kelly Chibale, of the University of Cape Town, said that “the grant is a major leap forward towards building a critical mass of scientists fighting these diseases.”

mRNA Research Increase their Medication and Vaccine Supply

In Africa, malaria primarily affects children under five years old, and the parasites that cause it are susceptible to drug-resistant mutations. Even though there is a preventative and cure method for tuberculosis (TB), patients may require up to two years to fully recover from the bacterial illness.

This financing follows the Gates Foundation’s October $40 million donation to support mRNA research and manufacturing to enable less developed nations to increase their medication and vaccine supply, supporting the continent’s efforts to become more self-sufficient.



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