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January 26, 2016

Gates Foundation and Britain Team Up on $4 Billion Malaria Effort

The British government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a five-year, $4.3 billion commitment Monday to support research and other work aimed at ending malaria deaths, Reuters and BBC News report.

Britain will provide about $700 million annually from its overseas aid budget to combat the disease. The foundation, which has made eradicating malaria one its top health priorities, will contribute $200 million this year and at least $150 million in subsequent years. The World Health Organization reported in December that malaria deaths have fallen from 839,000 in 2000 to 438,000 last year.