Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation commits $851m to health, nutrition worldwide in 6 years

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Gates FoundationThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced two commitments totalling 851 million dollars to the development efforts on nutrition and health of women and children worldwide.

Dr Ayo Ajayi, the Director, Africa Team of the foundation, made the disclosure in an interview in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“We just announced our intention of more than double our commitments to nutrition across the world to 776 million dollars over the next six years.

This is to make sure we eradicate malnutrition in particular. And we are committed to all these things.

“These are significant amount of new resources over the next few years that we are putting into development,’’ he told NAN.

Ajayi said that the foundation was also supporting the “Every Woman Every Child programme’’ with 75 million dollars over the next five years through the Global Financing Facilities (GFF).

 GFF is a Trust Fund to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

The GFF Trust Fund is catalysing the work of the broader facility by providing grants to countries linked to World Bank loans for health.

It will also support countries to prepare health financing strategies that anticipate the transition of countries from low to middle income status.

The GFF Trust Fund aims to secure universal access to essential services for every mother and every child and ensure that official development assistance does not displace domestic resources for the sector.

It is also to chart a path to sustainable domestic financing for health.

Ajayi said the foundation, guided by the belief that every life has equal value was working to help all people to live healthy and productive lives.

“In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.

“In the U.S., the foundation seeks to ensure that all people, especially those with the fewest resources, have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life,’’ the director said.

(NAN)

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