WHO Welcomes Gates Foundation's Malaria Aid Pledge

The World Health Organization has lauded the USD10 billion pledge by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for anti-malarial efforts over 10 years.

“The Gates Foundation’s commitment to vaccines is unprecedented, but needs to be matched by unprecedented action,” said Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, in a statement. “It’s absolutely crucial that both governments and the private sector step up efforts to provide life-saving vaccines to children who need them most.”

WHO credited vaccines and immunizations for saving 2 million lives every year as well as eradicating smallpox and gaining ground to wipe out polio.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.