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May 07, 2015

Gates Foundation Launches New Child-Mortality Effort

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will put $75 million into an effort create and dispatch disease-surveillance teams to poor countries to plumb the causes of child deaths and possibly spot emerging outbreaks, The New York Times reports. The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance network will start with small teams in six countries, but the foundation hopes to expand to 25 Asian and African nations, each with dozens of investigators on the ground.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University's Global Health Institute are also involved in the effort, which will see the teams visit families after children die to get information on symptoms and, with permission, photograph the bodies and take biopsies from organs. Data will be fed to the CDC or the World Health Organization to establish the cause of death, providing a much bigger pool of information on child mortality and potentially speeding up detection of an outbreak.